|Jean Dujardin stars as former silent film star George Valentin.|
In the midst of this troublesome and tragic transition for Valentin, he befriends a vivacious flapper named Peppy Miller whose empathy and love for the ex-star propels her on a mission to help reignite his career. Everything about the plot and film is delightfully melodramatic (as old Hollywood was). The film vividly paints the jazzy mindset and styles of the 1920s but it also strikes a chord in its darker moments--times illustrating the struggles to accept "the future" and all it represented. Although it was made eight decades following the demise of the silent film, The Artist fits well within the frameworks of prior classics.
|Made in a similar style as The Artist, Modern Times mixes sound with silence to evoke signs of the times.|
|"I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille."|
One of my favorite scenes from The Artist. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers anyone?