The Artist is the story of George Valentin during the transition of Hollywood silent movies into talkies in the late 1920’s. George Valentin is a silent movie superstar and the advent of the talkies stroke a death-blow to his career and fell into oblivion. Peppy Miller is a young extra whose acting career is in the verge of taking off because of the talkies. The movie tells the story of silent movie superstar George Valentin and Peppy Miller an extra on the verge of stardom because of a new technology. Out with the old and in with the new.
The movie is shot like a silent movie, black-and-white and without any dialogue except for the last few minutes. The few dialogues are printed and projected on the screen.
George Valentin is charming, good-looking and with irresistible smile is the king of silent movies in 1927. He has a co-star, a cute Jack Russell terrier. George is faithful to the silent era technology and refused to adapt to the new technology of talkies. He said to his boss “If that’s the future, you can have it”. Because of his stubbornness, he was swept aside. He lost his possessions and his wife left him.
On the other hand, Peppy Miller a dancer/extra whose career in the movies was opened by George is soaring because she was able to adapt to the new technology. Her movies are hit after one another. Because the door to her movie career was opened by George, Peppy helped the faded star regain his career.
The Artist is an homage and look at Hollywood’s silent and black-and-white past. It is a brilliant movie about the past of Hollywood. It is not only entertaining but it is also satisfying as well.
Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, Berenice Bejo as Peppy Miller and John Goodman as Zimmer the studio boss. Directed by Michael Hazanavicius.