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Friday, January 13, 2012

THE ARTIST (video)

The Artist is a 2011 French romance film directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on a declining male film star and a rising actress, as silent cinema grows out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies. Much of the film itself is silent; it is shot in black-and-white, and has received wide praise from critics and many accolades. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. The film has six Golden Globe nominations, the most of 2011.

  • Jean Dujardin as George Valentin
  • Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller
  • Uggie as Jack (the dog)
  • John Goodman as Al Zimmer
  • James Cromwell as Clifton
  • Missi Pyle as Constance
  • Penelope Ann Miller as Doris
  • Malcolm McDowell as The Butler
  • Bitsie Tulloch as Norma
  • Beth Grant as Peppy's Maid
  • Ed Lauter as Peppy's First Chauffeur
  • Jen Lilley as Onlooker
  • Nina Siemaszko as Admiring Woman
  • Basil Hoffman as Auctioneer
  • Ben Kurland as Casting Assistant
  • Ken Davitian as Pawnbroker

The film premiered on 15 May in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It was initially announced as an out of competition entry, but was moved to the competition a week before the festival opened. The French regular release was on 12 October 2011 through Warner Bros. France. The Weinstein Company bought the distribution rights for the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The film was released in the United States on 25 November 2011.

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