It’s no coincidence that Michel Hazanavicius’ ambitious film celebrating the silent era and hailing the dawn of talkies should be released right at the crux of the industry’s move away from film and into the open arms of digital technologies. As such, The Artist is more than just a sweet and endearing homage to a bygone era, it serves too as a timely warning that embracing the new doesn’t have to mean out with the old. Picking up five Oscar wins including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Directing and Actor in a Leading Role, The Artist is bursting with talent and heart – just like The Pictures used to! TJ
Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.