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The Artist

February 11, 2012 Leave a comment

We went to see The Artist last weekend and I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d put some lovely black and white photos up on my site….

Wonderfully shot, beautifully acted and cleverly “scripted” it’s a feast for both the eyes and the head.

As I’m sure you know, it’s a silent film (with a couple of clever exceptions, most notably the dream sequence) but with a really excellent soundtrack, which was the subject of some minor controversy when Kim Novak complained that she felt she had been violated (“I want to report a rape” was the rather misguided headline of her full page advert in Variety Magazine). This supposed violation occurred when the director Michel Hazanavicius chose to use music that was also used in one of her films, namely Hitchcock’s masterful Vertigo… Hmm I wonder if she really thought that one through….

Anyway an excellent film and for once I think the hype is well deserved…

The still below is from a very clever scene early on in the story where the very beautiful Bérénice Bejo sneaks into The Artist’s (the very dashing Jean Dujardin) room at the studio and has an intimate moment with his jacket…

And then there’s the little dog… Uggie (apparently there were actually three, with their fur coloured so they all looked the same) but it’s Uggie that is in the large majority of scenes… I’m not really one for cute animals, but he’s pretty special and almost as good an actor as his human co stars…

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