Sunday, December 1, 2013

Movie of the Month: The Artist

Could a silent black and white film about Hollywood's golden era steal the hearts of audiences around the world and clean-up at the Oscars, too? If you pitched this idea to any Hollywood executive, they would probably laugh in your face, but most Hollywood big wigs are not Harvey Weinstein, who took 2011's The Artist and campaigned to make it one of the most talked about films of the last 20 years. The Artist is a fictional film about the fictional silent film star of the late 1920's to early 1930's, George Valentine, and how he becomes a relic in the age of cinema during the emergence of "talkies." While the film was made by a group of French filmmakers and actors, it's basic story touched a chord with everyone who laid eyes on this film. The Artist went on to win a slew of Academy Awards in 2012 including Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Picture. While the Oscar race is officially on for the 2014 awards, it is fine to revisit a benchmark film that set the bar to what a great picture should be.