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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.

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