Artist, The (DVD)

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Artist, The (DVD)
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Academy Award Winner Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies.

& Taylor

An actor famous for his roles in silent films forms a relationship with a dancer/actress who is headed for fame in the new era of sound films.

Publisher: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2012


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Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman

Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman

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Feb 14, 2015
  • Watson_20 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is great. I loved it. I love the story and the way the movie is made. I wish movies like this is made more often!

Dec 31, 2014
  • ncs1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not necessarily the best film of the most original story ever, but attractive, novel and quite watchable.

Dec 16, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Nope. Sorry, folks. I found The Artist's "silent movie" concept to be, for the most part, a major misfire and a real test of my patience.

OK. At first I could accept (sort of) this film's "no talking" policy because its story was set in the years of silent films (from 1927), but, once its story moved into the talking era, the effect of non-speaking actors and the continued use of dialogue cards quickly lost its initial novelty.

There was absolutely nothing new or fresh about what went on in The Artist's story. Like, haven't we all seen this same old scenario all before, ad nauseum?

Since The Artist relied solely on nobody audibly speaking to carry it through to its corny ending, that, from my perspective, just wasn't sufficient enough to keep the picture interesting and hold my undivided attention. I found it was a badly conceived idea for a feature-length picture.

Even though this b&w film was a depiction of the silent-era of film, it, in itself, did not have the proper feel of an authentic silent picture. It had clearly missed the mark.

I have seen plenty of silent films in my days, but The Artist just wasn't able to capture that essential feeling which naturally comes to one while viewing a genuine "silent". The look and feel of this film was definitely all wrong.

I really can't believe that The Artist actually won an Oscar for "Best Picture". This is one of those movies that (again) I suspect people are afraid to come right out and say that they don't really like it much. Because if you say that then you're considered to be so uncool (or something equally dumb like that).

Now, don't get me wrong here, I'm not saying that I hated The Artist (there were parts about it that appealed to me), but, it really wasn't deserving of all the praise and admiration that it garnered for itself.

Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When silent screen star George Valentin accidentally bumps posteriors with an ardent fan, fresh-faced chorus girl Peppy Miller, romance seems inevitable. Weighed down by a loveless marriage, George is drawn to Peppy’s insatiable optimism and joie de vivre while the young ingenue’s much publicized flirting with the older celebrity jumpstarts her own motion picture career. Unfortunately it’s almost 1930 and the age of silent films is coming to an end as “talkies” begin to make their first appearance. Refusing to compromise his artistic integrity for the sake of this latest cinematic fad, Valentin sees his own star power quickly diminishing while Peppy suddenly finds herself the toast of Tinseltown. With his latest film dying at the box office, his assets eaten away by the Great Depression, and only his little dog for companionship (he fired his faithful manservant), Valentin begins nursing his self-pity with unhealthy doses of alcohol; but Peppy has other plans for George, including a most ingenious job offer. Can love truly conquer all or is yesterday’s matinee idol destined to become tomorrow’s tragic headline? Although filmed entirely in English, The Artist has become one of the most celebrated French films in years. This meticulously crafted tribute to Hollywood’s silent era, complete with intertitles, a jazzy score, and rich B&W cinematography, definitely has the appearance of an old classic with a few modern tech twists thrown in; a “full sound” nightmare was especially clever. Furthermore, with his slicked hair and pencil moustache and her permed curls and flapper dresses, handsome leads Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo exude that golden era movie star quality. Add to that a strong supporting cast, some sly references to vintage films, and an eye-popping musical finale, and you have all the makings of a fun night in front of the big screen. But despite the loving attention to period detail and genre motifs (the signature styles of old school directors are aped throughout), this is not 1930 anymore. They really can’t make ‘em like they used to, nor should they, and all that fluffy romantic melodrama ultimately comes across as elaborate imitation, flattery notwithstanding. Besides, the Best Actor Oscar should have gone to the dog.

Nov 14, 2014
  • Bunhead_212 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL FILM. It is a joyous, emotional, incredible story, and will deeply stir your soul.

May 24, 2014
  • grewzio rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was very disappointed by this movie. I cannot believe it won Best Picture. It just felt like a staged, outdated silent film from the 1920s. The only things I enjoyed were the dog, the set design, and the soundtrack. I also cannot believe the Jean Dujardin won for Best Actor - the whole movie feels kitsch-y and campy. I found it to be a waste of my time, frankly.

Mar 24, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A charming film and why we love the cinema medium as much as we do. This was touted as the first silent film in over 75 years and was a triumphant return to what the movies started off with. Tells of silent film idol George Valentin and his fall from stardom after the arrival of Peppy Miller a chorus girl who makes it big in the Hollywood of the later silent era as the advent of takies come into being. I enjoyed and was quite enchanted with this movie. Showed that dialogue isnt always the main pre requisite to what a great film is about. If one invests in the story the film tells then that's where your entertainment value comes into effect.

Feb 26, 2014
  • a5a22406 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a treat to see a movie with no dialogue. It allows you to focus completely on the facial expressions and acting of the actors. Quite the gem!

Feb 20, 2014
  • DonnaEpL rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not bad for a modern type silent movie. A little weak on the story and the ending needing more realism as for me it detracted from the movie.

Jan 01, 2014
  • maggymaude rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant! When people said it was a silent movie, I couldn't believe that anyone would watch this. Now i am looking forward to seeing it a second time.

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Oct 31, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, an older silent film star falls out of fashion as a young up-and-comer that he has a relationship with becomes a star due to the studio replacing its silent cinema stars with young starlets in the "talkies".


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Oct 31, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Other: It's truly difficult to find anything offensive about this film. Pretty much void of violence, sexuality, and coarse language (of course, it is silent).


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Oct 31, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"I won't talk! I won't say a word!"

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