SP D: Michel Hazanavicius w/ Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo. France. 100 min. Sep 9, 6 pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin); Sep 10, 10 am TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Rating: NNNN In 1927 Hollywood, silent ilm star George Valentin (Dujardin) and fan and aspiring star Peppy Miller (Bejo) meet cute, and soon her career is taking o f ( she’s dubbed the “it” girl of talkies) as his falls into decline.
Filming in gorgeous black-andwhite, Hazanavicius lovingly embraces all the tropes of silent cinema (iris shots, titles), sharpening the familiar narrative with an edge that should satisfy contemporary tastes. John Goodman and James Cromwell it beautifully into secon dary roles, and Bejo is winning as the ambitious ingenue, but it’s Cannes best-actor winner Dujardin who shows the widest range as the glamorous matinee idol who’s not even upstaged by his acrobatic dog.