I love Hollywood’s Golden Age, I have wrote several times about this magic era: Scarface: first and second impact, Davis, Flynn, Dietrich… They did it their way, About the Warner Bros and the Roosevelt Administration and I even shared with you: A few pages of my movie script / book, for your eyes only!.
The silent movies, the rise of talkies, the life in Hollywoodland… Hollywood’s Golden Age, from the late 1920’s to the mid-1930’s is my favorite movie decade. So when I heard about the movie director Michel Hazanavicius was about to make, needless to say I was very excited about it.
The Artist, shot at the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, takes place between 1927 and 1932 in Hollywood: as silent movie star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller (Bérénice Béjo), a young dancer set for a big break.
The film features an impressive cast of American actors: John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell. Jean Dujardin won the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actor Award for his performance and I have heard the film has become the frontrunner to win Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars.
That’s a fantastic news for The Artist and all the crew. The film was released in the United States on 25 November 2011 and I wish them all the best. I am so proud a French director could make this kind of movie, it is like Hollywood’s Golden Age was there again, for a few minutes…
Amazing movie, excellent story, wonderful actors, a great director and a bold producer, Thomas Langmann; nothing is going to stop The Artist now!