The Artist trailer looks beautiful
Who would have thought that these days someone would make a silent film and it would receive so much acclaim, never mind the stars involved and the fact that the lead makes me think of Gene Kelly and harks back to a film he made about the move of silent stars to the "talkies", Singin' in the Rain, you may have heard of it.
However this film is actually silent, it's also black and white, it looks gorgeous and come the second half it adds a lot more weight to it.
The Artist is written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, the man behind the French comedies OSS 117, and it also stars the lead of those films, Jean Dujardin. It's not just him, there's John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller. Now there's a silent film.
Here's the blurb:
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.
Dujardin was nominated for, and won, Best Actor at Cannes this year and Hazanavicius was nominated for the Palme d'Or, and even from the trailer you can see why both received such praise, something that the film is currently receiving as well.
Here's the trailer for the film, I urge you to watch it, even if the idea of a silent and black and white film turns you off, just watch it, watch that old Hollywood magic that is contained in some of the scenes, and then watch the dramatic turn. This does remind me of Singin' in the Rain at the core, but from the second half it looks like a much more dramatic tale.
It does look wonderful though, doesn't it?