Saturday, February 18, 2012
The Artist is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on a declining film star and a rising actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies. Most of the film itself is silent; it was produced in black-and-white, and has received wide praise from critics and many accolades. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered.
The film was nominated for six Golden Globes, the most of any film from 2011, and won three; Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score, and Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Dujardin). In January 2012 the film was nominated for twelve BAFTAs and ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Hazanavicius, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Dujardin, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Bejo. In France, it has been nominated for ten César Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay.
* Jean Dujardin as George Valentin
* Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller
* Uggie as Jack (the dog)
* John Goodman as Al Zimmer
* James Cromwell as Clifton
* Missi Pyle as Constance
* Penelope Ann Miller as Doris
* Malcolm McDowell as The Butler
* Bitsie Tulloch as Norma
* Beth Grant as Peppy's Maid
* Ed Lauter as Peppy's First Chauffeur
* Jen Lilley as Onlooker
* Nina Siemaszko as Admiring Woman
* Jewel Shepard as Flapper Starlet
* Basil Hoffman as Auctioneer
* Ben Kurland as Casting Assistant
* Ken Davitian as Pawnbroker
On 9 January 2012, actress Kim Novak stated that "rape" had been committed in regard to the musical score by Ludovic Bource, which incorporates a portion of Bernard Herrmann's score from Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo (in which Novak had starred). In the article published by Variety she stated that "I feel as if my body - or at least my body of work - has been violated by the movie". "This film should've been able to stand on its own without depending on Bernard Herrmann's score from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' to provide more drama," she continued. "It is morally wrong for the artistry of our industry to use and abuse famous pieces of work to gain attention and applause for other than what they were intended," she continued. "Shame on them!