The idea is so simple…one wonders why haven’t they thought of it before. Anybody want to watch a good old fashioned silent film?
Look no further than the upcoming The Artist. A black and white, old fashioned themed silent film. The film isn’t a parody either. It plays it straight as an earnest non-talking picture with the performance style and movie look of the Silent era. The film has already earned dramatic awards. Specifically, Jean Dujardin was named Best Actor at the 2011 Cannes Film festival for his performance in the film.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. I can picture the film becoming a huge hit just on the novelty alone. Could this spark a Hollywood trend of silent films? Can you imagine? Remakes are all the rage…imagine silent film remakes of classic Harold Lloyd films or Buster Keaton movies.
The Artist stars Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller. The film is directed by Michel Hazanavicius. It is scheduled for release November 23, 2011.
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin is a very successful silent movie star. The arrival of talking pictures will mark the end of his career. Peppy Miller, a young woman extra, becomes a major movie star.