Finally… Finally… and Finally… I have seen the film. Few interesting facts I got to know before watching this movie -
A Hollywood rarity… For the first time in more than 80 years… Silent + black & white film… By French Director and leaded by French actor and actress. This crew doesn’t have any idea how this going to work…
Hmmm… These are quite risky things in this 21st century to make a (huge) success. Isn’t it? I went with open minded and it doesn’t fail me. It completely captivated me.
Story Plot – A well known story. Plotted between 1927 and 1932 in Hollywood. A renowned actor – George Valentin in silent cinema who falls in love with a promising new actress – Peppy Miller. But sooner the silent film grows out of fashion and is replaced by talkies. Eventually the fame of the actor is gone.
Having this simple and know plot doesn’t fascinate the audience much. Cleverly the director added few other things into it to drive the whole film.
1. The story is built on a perfect mixture of emotions and humour.
2. The character’s attitude, gestures and facial expression are perfect and authentic to that period. They have completely focused on their emotions. This must for a silent movie. The charming characters bring the old Hollywood feel. Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo studied few 1920’s Hollywood characters and movies.
On seeing the Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) character I could able to correlate with the character Kalpana, the actress (Aishwarya Rai) in the movie Iruvar. I don’t know why.
3. The title cards are very minimal and placed in perfect spots. Certain dialogues are like piercing.
Peppy and her boyfriend @ George House – Her boyfriend says to George ‘My father is a big fan’.
@ A movie – A lady on seeing Uggie, George’s dog says the dog is very cute but George replies her ‘If only he could talk!’
4. Soundtrack – Ludovic Bource really did a good job. Breathtaking. The character’s emotions are wonderfully combined with the background scores. The background scores are played in the set to act comfortable.
My favourite soundtracks
My Suicide -
Waltz for Peppy -
5. The introduction of talkie is shown very creatively in this movie. Watch the film you will know what I’m saying here.
6. The dog – Jack (Uggie) is an also a perfect choice. It is like giving break for the audience. But the character is also vital one.
7. Cinematography is ideal.
8. The ending is also imaginative.
The movie is dedicated to someone. If you see the end title you will get to know. I couldn’t able to get it. If someone get to know then please share the detail.
Having said all these…
‘The Artist’ is unbelievable…
Jean Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Uggie won the Palm Dog Award for best performance at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
The movie was nominated for six Golden Globe awards and won three. Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score, and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
And the movie is also nominated for twelve BAFTA.
Oscar nominations will be announced on January. Will this movie be loud enough to get nominated and won the title? We have to wait and see. Fingers crossed.
A MUST WATCH MOVIE!!! YOU WILL NEVER REGRET FOR IT!!!