Out with the new, in with the old

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

As the new mil­len­nium dawned, Jean-Pierre Je­unet’s Le Fab­uleux destin d’Amelie Poulain (Amelie, 2001) en­sured French cin­ema shone light and bright around the world. A big­ger hit at the US box of­fice than any French film be­fore it, Au­drey Tautou’s

crème brûlée- tap­ping Amelie was an un­abashed cel­e­bra­tion of French quirk­i­ness.

But the most suc­cess­ful French film of re­cent years was, with­out doubt, Michel Hazanavi­cius’s The Artist ( 2011). A hark back to the golden age of the silent era, the film res­ur­rected the orig­i­nal lan­guage of cin­ema – a word­less lan­guage that tra­verses all cul­tures. Jean Du­jardin’s hi­lar­i­ous per­for­mance as film star Ge­orge Valentin would have made Max Lin­der proud.

The Artist (2011)

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