Silent Film wins over critics, audiences in age of special effects

Silent Film wins over critics, audiences in age of special effects

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The talk of this year’s Academy Awards season is a silent film. Yes, a silent film. Moviegoers did not expect a silent film as an option at the box office in the year of 2012.
The Artist not only entertains the audience, but it provides them with an experience unique to the 1920s.
Up for ten nominations at this year’s Academy Awards and winner of three Golden Globes, The Artist deserves all the awards it is nominated for.
The film takes place in the year 1927 and is based on a famous silent actor named George Valentine, played by Jean Dujardin, who meets aspiring actress Peppy Miller, played by Bérénice Bejo. Valentine is at the top of his career along with his trusty best friend, an adorable Russell Terrier named Uggie. Suddenly his studio boss, played by John Goodman, announces the studio’s end of production of silent films.
Believing sound in film will not be a success, Valentine is dismissive and continues his career on his own. Valentine’s career begins to fall downhill while, after been given advice from Valentine, Miller’s career rises. The two are still close friends, but Miller begins to worry as Valentine slowly becomes more broke and more alone with only Uggie by side.
Another interesting aspect about this film is that it contains historical events throughout its timeline. The stock market crash of October 1929 and how it greatly affects Valentine’s career as well as when and how films with sound became popular are all portrayed.
The cinematography perfectly displays how a 1927 film would look as well as how everyone acted and dressed. The thought of acting in a silent film might seem easy because there are no lines, but it’s the movements and facial expressions that the actors must display as they imitate their characters that proves complex. As audiences watch, they must observe physical movements to understand and keep up with what is going on in the film.
The film might be awkward to watch if there were absolutely no sound, but there is symphonic melodies that accompany each scene. The ones that are most interesting to watch are those that have no sound for a few minutes as opposed to the ones that have sound. Yes, there is sound in some parts of the movie, but I shall keep those scenes to myself.
The Artist is a surprisingly fun and interesting film to watch because it is not traditional. It’s creative, funny and will have audiences tap dancing out of the theatre.