The Artist

2011  100 MN


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Michel Hazanavicius

Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

 Release Date

October 8, 2011


1h40m (100 min)


$ 15,000,000


$ 133,432,856

 Top Billed Cast

 Jean Dujardin
 George Valentin
 Bérénice Bejo
 Peppy Miller
 John Goodman
 Al Zimmer
 James Cromwell
 Penelope Ann Miller
 Missi Pyle

 Written by

Michel Hazanavicius Writer


A breath of fresh vintage air



Jean Dujardin
  George Valentin
Bérénice Bejo
  Peppy Miller
John Goodman
  Al Zimmer
James Cromwell
Penelope Ann Miller
Missi Pyle
Beth Grant
  Peppy's Maid
Ed Lauter
  Peppy's Butler
Joel Murray
  Policeman Fire
Elizabeth Tulloch
Ken Davitian
Malcolm McDowell
  The Butler
Basil Hoffman
Bill Fagerbakke
  Policeman Tuxedo
Nina Siemaszko
  Admiring Woman
Stephen Mendillo
  Set Assistant
Dash Pomerantz
  Peppy's Boyfriend
Beau Nelson
  Peppy's Boyfriend
Alex Holliday
Wiley M. Pickett
Ben Kurland
  Audition Casting Assistant
Katie Nisa
  Audition Dancer
Katie Wallack
  Audition Dancer
Hal Landon Jr.
Cleto Augusto
  Set Technician
Sarah Karges
  Laughing Dancer
Sarah Scott
  Laughing Dancer
Ezra Buzzington
Stuart Pankin
  Director #1 (Restaurant)
Andy Milder
  Director #2
Bob Glouberman
  Director #3 (Finale)
David Allen Cluck
  Assistant Director (Finale)
Matt Skollar
  Peppy's Assistant
Annie O'Donnell
  Woman with Policeman
Patrick Mapel
  Assistant with Newspaper
Matthew Albrecht
  Tennis Player
Harvey J. Alperin
Lily Knight
  Nurse at Peppy's House
Clement Blake
Tasso Feldman
  Zimmer's Assistant
Christopher Ashe
  Zimmer's Assistant
Adria Tennor
  Zimmer's Assistant
Cletus Young
J. Mark Donaldson
  Thug #1
Brian J. Williams
  Thug #2
Jen Lilley
Brian Chenoweth
Tim DeZarn
Robert Amico
  The Waiter (uncredited)
Todd Bittner
  Surprised Cameraman (uncredited)
Bill Blair
  Studio Engineer (uncredited)
Teri Bocko
  Laughing Dancer (uncredited)
Amanda Chism
  Make-Up Artist (uncredited)
Brendan Connolly
  Studio Executive (uncredited)
Vincent De Paul
  Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
Calvin Dean
  Mr. Sauveur (uncredited)
Mohamed Dione
  African (uncredited)
Jennifer Kaye Evans
  Studio Film Star (uncredited)
Josephine Ganner
  1930's Studio Actress (uncredited)
Jennifer Ingrum
  Charleston Dancer (uncredited)
Sergio Kato
  Actor (uncredited)
Kevin Ketcham
  Film Crew Member (uncredited)
Carmen Kirby
  Fan (uncredited)
Michael Laren
  Michel (uncredited)
Jillana Laufer
  Silent Film Star (uncredited)
Sonya Macari
  Autograph Girl (uncredited)
Josh Margulies
  Film Clapper #1 (uncredited)
Julie Minasian
  Make-up Artist 1 (uncredited)
Rene Napoli
  Studio Executive (uncredited)
Niko Novick
  Producer (uncredited)
Geoff Pilkington
  Sound Technician (uncredited)
Randee Reicher
  Make-up Artist 2 (uncredited)
Andrew Schlessinger
  1920s Lighting Technician (uncredited)
Frank Scozzari
  Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Jewel Shepard
  Flapper Starlet (uncredited)
John H. Tobin
  Violinist in Ballroom (uncredited)
Josh Woodle
  Man in Bed with Peppy (uncredited)


Heidi Levitt
Nadine Muse
  Sound Editor
Robert Gould
  Set Decoration
Paul Rassam
Guillaume Schiffman
  Director of Photography
Thomas Langmann
Gérard Lamps
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Marie-Christine Lafosse
  Production Supervisor
Mark Bridges
  Costume Design
Laurence Bennett
  Production Design
Jeremy Burdek
Nadia Khamlichi
Adrian Politowski
Serge Hazanavicius
Jean Dujardin
Diego Maradona
Jean-Claude Grumberg
Mehdi Sayah
  Production Coordinator
Iwona Sellers
  Executive In Charge Of Production
Richard Middleton
  Executive Producer
Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
Nicolas Saada
Rémi Bezançon
Daniel Delume
  Executive Producer
Kelcey Fry
  Makeup Artist
Riad Sattouf
Gary Davis
  Stunt Coordinator
Lauren Fernandes
  Casting Associate
Laura Albert
Emmanuel Montamat
  Associate Producer
Serge Bromberg
Dominique Mezerette
Michelle Spears
  Property Master
Brian J. Williams
Ludovic Bource
  Original Music Composer
Laurent Brett
  Visual Effects
Laurent Brett
  Digital Compositors
Anne-Sophie Bion
David Paige
  Second Assistant Director
Donna Evans
Florent-Emilio Siri
Gilles Waterkeyn
Michael Sanford
  Casting Associate
Nicolas Brault
Albert Guinovart
Gregory S. Hooper
  Art Direction
Olivier Chiavassa
Antoine de Cazotte
  Executive Producer
Antoine de Cazotte
  Unit Production Manager
Peter Iovino
  Still Photographer
James Plannette
Gary Morgan
Stacey K. Black
Julie Hewett
  Makeup Designer
Josh Lusby
  Assistant Art Director
David Waine
  Special Effects Coordinator
Pascal Chauvin
David Danesi
  Visual Effects
David Danesi
Joy Zapata
Ray Maxwell
  Construction Foreman
Mark Colicci
  Camera Operator
Carol Kiefer
  Art Department Coordinator
Tanner Gill
  Stunt Coordinator
J. Mark Donaldson
Riki Lin Sabusawa
  Set Costumer
Cheryl Gould Strang
Ken Yasumoto
Yannick Boulot
Michael Caradonna
Alexis Vieil
  Visual Effects Producer
Douglas S. McClintock II
  Location Scout
Adruitha Lee
Jed Dornoff
  Makeup Artist
Dan Kneece
  Additional Camera
Gia Jimenez
  Set Costumer
Jennifer Brown Greenberg
  Makeup Artist
Robert Iannaccone
  Set Costumer
Daniel L. Turrett
  Camera Operator
Todd Wolcott
Kimberley Spiteri
Zoe Hay
  Makeup Artist
Cydney Cornell
  Hair Designer
Melissa A. Yonkey
Eddie Braun
Catherine Childers
  Key Hair Stylist
Laura Aldridge
  Production Coordinator
Daniel Turk
  Construction Coordinator
Anne Morgan
David Allen Cluck
  First Assistant Director
Philip Shanahan
  First Assistant Camera
Cesar Orozco
John Sosenko
  Camera Operator
Martin Metz
  Executive In Charge Of Production
Bastien Sirodot
  Executive In Charge Of Production
Pauletta O. Lewis
Lydia Milars
  Makeup Artist
Michele Payne
Angie Wells
  Makeup Artist
Robert Wilson
Varujan Gumusel
  Post-Production Manager
Christina Lee Storm
  Production Supervisor
Joe Mason
  Art Department Assistant
Berj Daniel Bedrosian
Michael Krikorian
  Sound Mixer
Didier Lesage
  ADR & Dubbing
Marc Mnémosyne
Franck Tassel
Olivier Villette
  Boom Operator
Chris Cline
  Special Effects
John Eggett
  Pyrotechnic Supervisor
Aurelie Lajoux
  Digital Compositors
Romain Moussel
  Digital Compositors
Scott Wilder
Scotty Richards
  Stunts Coordinator
Manny Duran
Harry Hope
  Rigging Grip
David Leite
Andrey Prikazchikov
  Rigging Grip
Joseph Ruiz
Jennifer Ann Henry
  First Assistant Camera
Rachel Donofrie
  First Assistant Camera
Matt Turve
Thomas Vandermillen
  First Assistant Camera
Micah Zarlow
  Rigging Grip
Richard Deusy
  Digital Intermediate
Christian Dutac
  Color Timer
Jérôme Lateur
  Executive Producer
Lyle Christensen
Billy Kane
  Transportation Coordinator
Fred Fein
  Stand In
Isabelle Ribis
  Script Supervisor
Frédérique Liébaut
  ADR Supervisor


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A Modern Masterpiece
By Jack Anderson on October 26, 2019

1936. Charles Chaplin releases Modern Times, depicting the pangs of the modern life but with a form that was already outdated. In 1927, The Jazz Singer is the first (partial) talking movie. In less than a decade, Hollywood(land) stars from the silent era became silent themselves.

75 years after the last major Hollywood silent film, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius decides to shoot a silent film. Released a few weeks before blockbusters such as Captain America: The First Avenger, the silent movie becomes a worldwide phenomenon and I believe this is a testimony to art itself. There will never be any better promotional campaign than quality itself. An intrinsic quality that shines and resonates throughout the world like magic.

When you cannot use words, you must be inventive, otherwise a silent movie becomes entirely boring and uninteresting. This is why Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton were so great. They were both physically devoted to the story.
The Artist is clearly inventive. Every scene is having at least a few excellent ideas. For instance, Peppy pressing herself against the vest of George Valentin.

And what is both extremely clever and interesting is that the film focuses on this crucial period when silent movies transitioned to talkies. Or better said when silent movies died and talkies took over. This is the story of the film. One man falling down while a young lady climbs up. There's a very interesting scene in which George has just learned that his film company has made him redundant. Peppy has just been signed and passes by him. In that particular scene, she's looking down at him from above a staircase. He looks up but he's already fallen. This simple gimmick is simply brilliant and this is just an example of the force of the film. You don't need words to convey an idea. And by removing the words entirely, you get pure emotions, such as the final scene.

I remember vividly being in the completely silenced and dark movie theater, and witnessing or should I say living this final and brilliant scene. And then the sound of the spectators weeping. I was one of those spectators. And I came back a second time, being so moved by this story. You see, I'm an admirer of silent films. Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton are my heroes. And this film is a true homage to not only silent films but to cinema itself.

Also, the power of the film is to use 1929 as the year where everything change. Since George Valentin is supposed to be an international movie star, silent or not, we imagine him as a rich person. And he is. What's very intelligent was to make him loose everything in the major stock market crash in History, during October 1929.
The release of George Valentin's self-produced movie is scheduled for October 25, 1929. The stock market will crash a day before.

And what about Jean Dujardin? He simply is George Valentin. With his gimmicks and Hollywood face, he transcends the character and gives a truly remarkable and magical performance. There are moments when watching him in black and white feels like we are within the History of cinema itself.
And his onscreen relationship with French actress Bérénice Bejo works wonderfully.

Shot logically in black and white and a 4:3 format, the film looks superb. The blacks are extremely deep.

The music is a character on its own.

And how about the dog?

I give it 10 out of 10. And believe me, I don't give this note easily. A true modern and perfect masterpiece.

The Artist
By Syldana on November 6, 2019

I totally share the emotion expressed in the previous review.
A few weeks before its release I myself was curious, the idea that a woman of my generation could see a film of this nature (that only my grandparents could have seen in a movie theater) me fascinated. During the viewing, that emotions crossed, the various scenes are superb, we laugh, we cry, we are anxious for George Valentin during the fire ... What finesse in terms of achievement and what a tour de force on the part actors, trained to pass emotion through dialogues, usually. I came out of this film, amazed.


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