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The Artist (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 January 2012 (USA)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
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Peppy's Maid
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Admiring Woman (as Nina Siemazko)
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Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. Written by L. Hamre

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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture | See all certifications »

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20 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Beauty Spot  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€60,286 (Belgium) (16 October 2011)

Gross:

$44,671,682 (USA)
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Trivia

In solitude, George views a reel from one of his silent swashbucklers through a film projector centered within his apartment. The film is in fact a genuine silent film, The Mark of Zorro (1920), which established its star, Douglas Fairbanks, as a real life silent era action hero and matinée idol, the kind George Valentin is portrayed as being within the film. The scene from Zorro is altered, however, substituting actor Jean Dujardin as George for Fairbanks for the close-up shots. See more »

Goofs

During the montage of films starring Peppy Miller, the spelling of her name on the movie posters changes from Pepi to Peppy. This may be deliberate - it is not uncommon for those with small parts to have their names misspelled. See more »

Quotes

George Valentin: [first lines, heard in one of his films] I won't talk! I won't say a word!
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In the credits for the baseball movie, "Jackie Cooler" plays "The Fridge." See more »

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Estancia OP.8
(Alberto Ginastera))
Conducted by Ernst van Tiel (as Ernst Van Tiel)
Performed by Brussels Philharmonic (as Brussels Philharmonic - The Orchestra of Flanders)
©Boosey & Hawkes c/o Editions Durand/Universal
(p) 2011 La Petite Reine
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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Dull
20 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't get why people are agog over this movie. I wanted to like the movie but it was achingly boring through the first hour that I didn't think I could take the last 40 minutes. It picks up a little in the second half as it gets darker but it's still limp. Not as good as any ordinary silent movie I've ever seen. Overly campy, predictable, and frankly boring. I thought the movie would provide modern movie story-telling to an old art form to transform the medium. It clearly didn't do that and also failed as an ode to the glorious silent films of the past. Simply making a silent film today that is weak, insipid and vacuous does not qualify as homage. Even the independent film house where I saw this movie, which has adoring audiences that tend to applaud at the end of every movie, failed to generate the obligatory applause when this tome ended. I was very disappointed.


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