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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.

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