style and subject
The Artist: Resurrecting silent film to tell the story of its death
Robust orchestrations, pitch-perfect characterization, and playful visual storytelling reeled me in as I watched the award-winning film, The Artist, written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius. The silent film, containing no spoken dialogue, features a romance between silent film veteran, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and the naive, yet ambitious, actress Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) whose career flourishes as talkies take the country and silent films become passé.
However, the film industry doesn’t fair so well for Valentin, whose success crumbles as fast as Miller’s rises.