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Movie Review: “The Artist”

Freddie Schwartz 

If I had to describe the movie “The Artist” in one word, it would be “breathtaking.” It’s a silent movie, shot in black and white with only background music. The plot revolves around two characters named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), who live in Hollywood during the late 1920s and early 1930s. George is a silent movie star whose career as a famous actor begins to crumble as the silent era ends and “talkies,” movies with sound, begin taking over the entertainment business. Peppy is a young woman who dreams of being a star and manages to get the part of a dancer in a movie, which was her big break.

I won’t give too much away, so the movie won’t be spoiled for anyone, but the story itself is so simple, and it’s portrayed on screen extremely well. It’s the kind of movie that just by seeing the expressions on the actors’ faces and the tone of the music, you can easily interpret what’s going to happen. There are panels, which pop up sometimes for a few seconds to tell the audience what the actors are saying, but I found it wasn’t really needed because the director was able to tell the audience what was happening in subtle but interesting ways. The setting was also amazing. You felt like you were in the 20s from the outfits to the cars and how everything looked so overly luxurious and glamorous, just like the 20s were. I highly recommend this movie. It’s just classic, fresh and, finally, something different.

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