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Thursday, May 12, 2011

THE ARTIST - new French silent film

The first trailer for 'The Artist' from France. A totally new French silent film.
UPDATE: SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011 - Trailer and list of Reviews from Sunday:

(The trailer looks great! Wishing the best on Sunday's showing at Cannes. Update: And IT HAS!!! Can't wait to see this film!!!)

Reviews of 'The Artists' from Cannes

"Cannes has a bona fide crowd pleaser on its hands this morning as the silent film The Artist screened for the press to terrific response." - Entertainment Weekly

THE ARTIST "...earned sustained applause at its first press screening, a rarity for notoriously snooty Cannes critics." -
"There was loud applause in Cannes on Sunday for "The Artist," a black-and-white, silent movie that recreated the magic of the "pre-talkie" era and brought relief from a relentlessly dark competition lineup." - Reuters Canada

Silent black-and-white film wins plaudits in Cannes - "The Artist" a reminder of power of "pre-talkes" era" - Reuters USA

"French feature will charm cinephiles with its affection for one of the movies’ golden ages." - Hollywood Reporter

"The Artist "....came out of nowhere on Sunday to become a strong contender for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius won strong applause -- and more than a few laughs -- from festival goers who'd been wondering if Cannes this year was ever going to be about more than dysfunctional families and sexual deviancy." - AFP

"...this crowd-pleasing comedy tips its top hat to those late-'20s Hollywood conventions rendered obsolete by the rise of the talkie as a pompous star fails to adapt to the new era." - Variety

"There really aren’t adequate words to describe the way one feels after watching Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist. Appropriately enough, words fail. When The King’s Speech’s ad campaign led with “some movies you feel” I wanted to cringe. But here I am faced with a film that really does deserve the slogan because you DO feel it. You feel it from the top of your head all the way down to the toes of your feet: pure joy, pure happiness." - Awards Daily

"“The Artist” is not just an exercise in old school filmmaking, it’s a beautifully told story that is classic and timeless in feel." - Indie Wire

"It’s ludicrous of course that Cannes competition should not contain superb cinematic works like The Artist, a joyful comic experiment that had the audience in the Salle Lumiere roaring with laughter and genuine delight." - Screen Daily

"On paper, Michel Hazanavicius‘s The Artist looks a fairly difficult sell. Tell anyone you’re off to see a black and white, silent movie that runs over 90 minutes long and they might look at you with a mix of pity and downright confusion, and it will probably take a Herculean effort by Warner Brothers and The Weinstein Company to convince audiences to come out to see it. But make no mistake, the film is as good as any cinematic experience gets, and will have a far more lasting effect on the world of film than any bloated 3D “epic” that screens out here." - Film School Rejects

"Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist... seemed to win over a sizable portion of the audience — including me." "The Artist harbors shades of Singin’ in the Rain and A Star Is Born, but in the end it’s its own distinctive creature." "It begins as a novelty and ends as something more: A movie in which the present greets the past like a long-lost friend." - Movieline

"A silent backlash to high-tech movie madness brought loud applause Sunday in le grand théâtre Lumière. It happened at the Cannes Film Festival world premiere of The Artist, the first silent movie to compete for the Palme d’Or in the fest’s 64-year history." - The Star

"...The Artist evinces unlimited love for the look and ethos of the 1920s, as well for the style of the movies. The filmmakers clearly did their homework and took great pleasure in doing so..." - Los Angeles

"Cannes isn’t known for its lighthearted fare. But “The Artist” has to be one of the warmest, uplifting, brilliantly conceived movies to play here in the past decade." - Austin Movie Blog

"...black-and-white cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman that is absolutely stellar... The audience for this kind of fare is small if visible at all, but I am assuming they have confidence they can reach an older audience based on the massive success of The King's Speech." - Rope of Silicon

"Shot in black and white and hitting just the right tone throughout, The Artist is great fun. The two leads are completely unknown to me, but winning and dead-on when it comes to capturing the style of silent film acting... Hazanavicius has proven he's an artist." - Huffington Post

"Endlessly inventive, packed with clever sight-gags and rich in stunningly achieved detail, The Artist is a pastiche and a passionate love letter to the silent age; it takes the silent movie seriously as a specific form, rather than as obsolete technology, and sets out to create a new movie within the genre." - The Guardian UK

"When we saw The Artist at a press screening yesterday afternoon, the audience clapped for at least three minutes, and no one from the movie was there. Later that night, the gala premiere ended with a standing ovation that lasted, according to estimates, anywhere from twelve to twenty minutes. A friend of ours who was there says he left the balcony, went to the bathroom, went outside, talked to some people, walked back into the orchestra seating, and the clapping was still going on..." - NY Mag

"The Artist" manages the seemingly impossible: It's a new silent film that pays thoughtful tribute to the traditions of the past while creating great fun for modern audiences. Which is just what French director Michel Hazanavicius had in mind." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic

See for yourself, later this year. Watch for late fall 2011 release!

(Looks like a great one to see in a picture palace.)

1 comment:

Edna's Place said...

As someone who rarely has gone to the theatre in years, and use to go nearly every week. I know many people don't go to the theatre, like they use too. They're part of the forgotten audience.

I'm very much looking forward to seeing The Artist. And I am happy to see this film getting great reviews today.

Instead of talking about how people won't go to this film, should talk about ways to get people to see this film.

All silent film fans should 'take a buddy' or more, when they do go.

And I think there are younger students, who have an interest in silent films (just look at the silent films students have been creating, themselves, on YouTube, over the years, and even festivals for younger people to exhibit silent films (growing one in Portland, Oregon now - second year). The Artist needs to be marketed to the film students, everywhere. (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, are all marketing tools, as well.)

It needs people who know about silent films, to help support it, as well. (But people who love the idea of a modern silent film.)

This film needs to be heavily involved with silent film lovers, and silent film lovers need to embrace this film. In the long run, this is great for silent films future, who like to see a younger generation to keep the interest growing.

And it shouldn't be talked about like there is something wrong with a silent film, but just another tool in creating a story on film. If done right, it is a great tool, and the only universal tool, that speaks to people of any language. Talking films can't do that, because words get in the way with there meaning.

Emotions, everyone can feel, no matter where your from.

Emotions are global, words are now.

I was please to read about this film quite a while ago, and glad to read the reviews today.

I was hoping for years, for someone to create a silent film, again. And while there have been at least a couple, since 2005, (post coming), I'm excited about this one and looking forward to going to the theatre, again.