Essay about The Artist

1460 Words Feb 8th, 2013 6 Pages

In current world of moviemaking, films are often created to meet the formula that appeal to today’s audiences. Modern movies offer high action, incredible special effects, 3D, or 3D animation to capture the audience’s attention, but one Oscar winning film deviated from this traditional recipe, “The Artist”. French director Michel Hazanavicius brought back to life the bygone era of silent movies and broke the current Hollywood blueprint. A quote from the novel “The Chosen” seems appropriate when describing this film, “I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own” (Potok, 1967).

“The Artist”

The year is 1927 and Hollywood
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George continues to struggle with his depression and stubborn attitude toward Hollywood’s new direction while Peppy’s star is on the rise. Romance is ever present between the two and in the end, Peppy and George find a way to work together in movies once again (Hazanavicius, 2011).

Technical Aspects


“The Artist” is shot almost completely as a silent, black and white movie. For a movie to be released in this day and age of high tech effects and sound, it is forced to hold the viewers attention by other means. The storyline is essential to capture the audience and “The Artist” has the traditional romance format that we see in others films. What makes this movie special is the physical and facial expressions of the actors, a musical score that works hand in hand with the storyline and flawlessly follows the action and pace of the film, editing that creates the illusion that the film was actually made in the 1920’s, and a story that is easy to follow in the absence of dialogue. The editing allowed the viewer to know exactly the timeline and what was happening in the movie. It was not disjointed or erratic, rather it flowed nicely with the storyline. Often, a scene may have a cutaway of a dialogue quote one might see is traditional silent movies. These “quotes” tell the audience exactly what is being said on screen, allowing no room for misinterpretation. The

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