In recent events, the The Artist was chosen as 2011’s Best Film at the Oscars last week. The Artist is a silent French film directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, the dramatic comedy takes place in Hollywood, California, between 1927-1932, and focuses on the growing relationship between two people–an older silent film star and a rising young actress. At the same time, silent cinema is falling out of style and is being replaced with voices. In order to correspond with the theme and the time, it’s filmed in black and white, and most of the film itself is silent, except for the soundtrack music. It is approximately 99 minutes in length. Since its release The Artist has received many awards and recognition at the Cannes Film Festival, the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards. The most unique fact about this masterpiece is that is the first silent film to win Best Picture since 1929’s Wings (the first recipient of the Best Picture Award), and it is also the first non R-rated film to win Best Picture since 2004’s Million Dollar Baby.
I myself have not yet seen the film, but I really want to now; I suppose this may be an excursion for my French movie club here at Oshkosh! Have you seen the film? Qu’en pensez-vous?