Oldie but a goodie
THE ARTIST ( PG)
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Available: Now on DVD and BD
YOU might see The Artist for its novelty value – it is a silent picture after all – or just because it won big at the Oscars this year. But either way it’ll be the artistry of the piece that will really make you sit up and take notice. A technically excellent and wondrous nostalgic dramedy, it follows a silent movie star in the 1920s who’s faced with becoming
redundant when the trend moves towards ‘‘ talkies’’. It’s at this time he meets a wannabe actress. As she rises to the top, he passes her on the way down. The plotting is certainly familiar but the styling is a real tour de force and it’s more accessible than its arthouse gimmick might suggest – essentially it’s a romcom, and a pretty darn good one at that. The leads are fantastic and they and the story charm like only pictures of yesteryear can. Extras: Featurettes on the film’s standout elements, including the production design, costuming, cinematography and music, plus there’s a blooper reel and a look at how Hollywood was used as a ‘‘ character’’.
CHARMERS: Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.