The Movie – The Artist 1/17/12

January 17, 2012

I visited NoHo Laemmle Theater, just opened 3 weeks ago, to see The Artist. The theater is located in the heart of NoHo area, surrounded by restaurants and theaters. I loved this new cinema! It was fun to walk around after the movie. “The Artist” is charming, fun, creative, artistic (!), and exciting with amazing acting. The director/writer is Michael Hazanavicius. Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) wonders if the arrival of talkies will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), a young dancer set for a big break. This is a movie in movie, and a silent style. So acting/face expression is everything.  Dujardin’s acting is natural and charming. Bejo is lively and beautiful. We did not need to hear their conversation. We followed their emotional turmoil, lively exchanges, love, humor, jokes, difficulty—. Also music was excellent. It is a new style/direction movie in the old form. You must see it.

 

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