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The Artist - A silent film released in 2011

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The Artist - A silent film released in 2011



Starring: Jean Dujardin (Winner of Best Actor award from Cannes); Bérénice Bejo; John Goodman; James Cromwell; Penelope Ann Miller; Missi Pyle

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I like it. If that gets a decent release I'll make an effort to see it.
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This film is getting a lot of positive buzz...the Weinsteins have picked it up and it might be in contention for some Oscars.
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been anticipating this film for about a year! Can't wait, looks wonderful.
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Wow. Pretty brave move.
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Meh. We've had talkies for quite some time now. Movies have evolved over time. No need to go backwards. Pass.
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Even though it looks to be really well done, it's ultimately just a novelty. It'll get all kinds of buzz, critics will love it, film geeks will love it, it'll win several awards, and in a year no one will remember it.
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Jean Dujardin was a comic genius in the OSS 117 films. This film is from the writer and director of those films, so I'm sold.
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Even though it looks to be really well done, it's ultimately just a novelty. It'll get all kinds of buzz, critics will love it, film geeks will love it, it'll win several awards, and in a year no one will remember it.
True film lovers will remember it if it's good. I don't know what kind of morons you deal with but I tend to remember quality films over the years.

It's by no means a novelty either. I don't know how that makes any sense whatsoever.
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This film is getting a lot of positive buzz...the Weinsteins have picked it up and it might be in contention for some Oscars.
any idea when the Weinsteins plan on releasing this?
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Who cares what style the movie is in? A good movie is a good movie.
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any idea when the Weinsteins plan on releasing this?
November 23rd
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wide? or just NYC/LA?
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Meh. We've had talkies for quite some time now. Movies have evolved over time. No need to go backwards. Pass.
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Except that some silent films made 80 years ago are just as advanced as films made today. They're different than today's films, yes, but they're still incredible pieces of filmmaking and storytelling.

It's true that cinema has evolved since the 1920s - however, remember that "evolution" is not a progressive thing, it is not a movement towards some perfected endpoint. It's merely change. Indeed, film has never even moved on a single trajectory at all - rather, it moves in a lot of different directions based on the era, and each represents a different form than anything that came before or since.

Though the cinema of the first two decades of the century can appear a bit flat by today's standards, by the 1920s filmmakers had gotten a much better grasp on effective moviemaking and could make dynamic films with an incredible range of style and technique.

That is to say, there have been great cinematic storytellers since near the beginning of cinema, and the best silent filmmakers (Murnau, Lang, Epstein, Dreyer, Ozu, Sternberg, Stroheim, Naruse, Vidor, Sjostrom, Dovzhenko) were masters of cinematic technique who easily rival any of the best filmmakers of today. Those filmmakers weren't doing their best with a primitive understanding of the artform - they were making films that still hold up to the best films being made today. 80 years later and no one has improved upon Sunrise or The Wind or The Fall of the House of Usher - other equally great films have come out, yes, but they aren't superior to those older films, they merely operate in very different modes (just as films 80 years from now will be very different, stylistically and otherwise, from the films being made today.)

Yes, some technologies have improved, some techniques have changed - but it's not as if everything being made today is somehow a culmination of and improvement on everything that's come before. The films being made today aren't a culmination of all the positive technological and storytelling advances of previous eras - rather, they emphasize certain aspects while neglecting others. And those aspects that are emphasized aren't necessarily more "relevant" to our times - they're just different. Films today focus on different things, tell stories in different ways (ways that aren't inherently better than the methods of 80 years ago.)

Which is all to say - films of the silent era still have an enormous amount to offer us, and a silent film made today isn't a step backward to a more primitive form.

Sorry, but the whole "film is getting better and better over time" argument gets on my nerves, as it represents a basic misunderstanding of storytelling and art, as well as a form of chronological snobbery.

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Except that some silent films made 80 years ago are just as advanced as films made today. They're different than today's films, yes, but they're still incredible pieces of filmmaking and storytelling.

It's true that cinema has evolved since the 1920s - however, remember that "evolution" is not a progressive thing, it is not a movement towards some perfected endpoint. It's merely change. Indeed, film has never even moved on a single trajectory at all - rather, it moves in a lot of different directions based on the era, and each represents a different form than anything that came before or since.

Though the cinema of the first two decades of the century can appear a bit flat by today's standards, by the 1920s filmmakers had gotten a much better grasp on effective moviemaking and could make dynamic films with an incredible range of style and technique.

That is to say, there have been great cinematic storytellers since near the beginning of cinema, and the best silent filmmakers (Murnau, Lang, Epstein, Dreyer, Ozu, Sternberg, Stroheim, Naruse, Vidor, Sjostrom, Dovzhenko) were masters of cinematic technique who easily rival any of the best filmmakers of today. Those filmmakers weren't doing their best with a primitive understanding of the artform - they were making films that still hold up to the best films being made today. 80 years later and no one has improved upon Sunrise or The Wind or The Fall of the House of Usher - other equally great films have come out, yes, but they aren't superior to those older films, they merely operate in very different modes (just as films 80 years from now will be very different, stylistically and otherwise, from the films being made today.)

Yes, some technologies have improved, some techniques have changed - but it's not as if everything being made today is somehow a culmination of and improvement on everything that's come before. The films being made today aren't a culmination of all the positive technological and storytelling advances of previous eras - rather, they emphasize certain aspects while neglecting others. And those aspects that are emphasized aren't necessarily more "relevant" to our times - they're just different. Films today focus on different things, tell stories in different ways (ways that aren't inherently better than the methods of 80 years ago.)

Which is all to say - films of the silent era still have an enormous amount to offer us, and a silent film made today isn't a step backward to a more primitive form.

Sorry, but the whole "film is getting better and better over time" argument gets on my nerves, as it represents a basic misunderstanding of storytelling and art, as well as a form of chronological snobbery.

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Silent films have an extremely unique charm to them that films from other eras lack. Even films from the 30's and beyond can feel dated but something about silent films makes them timeless.

Oh and Louise Brooks is the most beautiful woman ever to put on film. And Renee Falconetti's performance in Joan of Arc is probably one of the all-time best acting performances. And then there's Charlie Chaplin... oh and Buster Keaton... I'll stop and just say that I love silent films very much.
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This is screening at the Denver International Film Festival. I really want to see it but I am not willing to pay $35 to see it. I've already dropped over $200 to see movies and have to draw the line somewhere. I will catch it on dvd eventually.
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wide? or just NYC/LA?
Limited release...not sure how many cities or screens though.
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This is screening at the Denver International Film Festival. I really want to see it but I am not willing to pay $35 to see it. I've already dropped over $200 to see movies and have to draw the line somewhere. I will catch it on dvd eventually.
damn Denver's Film Fest tix are THAT much - get out of here?? 'The Artist' tix at last weekend's Virginia Film Festival were under 15 bucks
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damn Denver's Film Fest tix are THAT much - get out of here?? 'The Artist' tix at last weekend's Virginia Film Festival were under 15 bucks
Tickets are 13-15 for non members for most all of the screenings, but this is one of the few Red Carpet screenings that they are having at Opera House.
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Absolutely loved it! It brings you in and never lets up. Some tragic stuff is there, but it's a wonder to watch.

The dog is amazing! I usually only say this about female actors because they can use their facial expressions to greater effect, but Jean Dujardin has such a wonderfully expressive face - he's great.
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Tonight I had the opportunity to watch it again after having seen it a few weeks back. I was worried that the film wouldn't hold up on a second viewing, but I was still grinning ear to ear the entire time.

Here's a quick summary plus a link to my full review.

"The Artist is a niche film that I hope catches the attention of those who are looking to enjoy great cinema instead of just an entertaining movie. It’s intoxicating mixture of past with present technology makes it a cinematic wonder and is all the proof I need to know that as bad as some movies are there’s still magic to be found."


http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/13/the-artist-review/
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Has anyone seen the TV ads for this? It makes no mention of the fact that it's a silent film. I can't help but think that's a bad idea. It's better to sell it on its novelty than to hide the fact and suffer blowback by the audience when they get there and discover it's silent.
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I'm sure the vast majority of people who would even go to see this will either already know or will be pleasantly surprised by the revelation.
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I'd hope so...
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