Out with the new, in with the old
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)