George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a star of silent movies in Hollywood of the '20s but the arrival of talking cinema and the Great Depression changed the situation in the life of George,who sees his career to fade quickly,since the film industry falls rapidly in the era of "sound" and looks for new stars that will invest.One of them is the young and beautiful Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) which from extras in the movies became a superstar.Their accidental contact takes place before starting all the dramatic changes that mentioned above, plays their own crucial role in the story...
With this movie Hazanavicius tries to prove that cinema is not sound effects and 3d movies but emotions.Emotion and love about art,about cinema about life.
And finally got it.With no words,with no sound,with no colours but with excellent screenshots,love and romance.
"The Artist" is silent love letter to the early days of cinema uses the sound with imaginative ways and has the exact look and feeling of a movie filmed in the 1920 and holds the best elements from the movies of that era.
The performances are great from all the cast.John Goodman,Beth Grant Penelope Ann Miller,James Cromwell are just great in the small parts of the mvie that appears.Berenice Bejo,totally beautiful gives an excellent performance with facial expressions.And finally Jean Dujardin is amazing.Simply amazing.Use facial and body language to show emotion,but the execution is totally subdued avoid melodramatically face.And the cute dog maybe the pest performance by an animal in cinema,was so funny.
Nostalgic and graceful,represents perfectly the golden age of Hollywood.And with no words says so much.So you must definitelly see this movie.