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Solomon
26th March 2012, 07:22 AM
The Artist(2011)
Written & Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Cast : Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo

Venue : Screen 8, Celebration Cinema, Grand Rapids
Time : 5.55 PM, 26 Mar 2012
Attendance : 12 (Alpam verittoru cinemakku Americayile sthithiyum kanakku thanne)

About the movie
George Valentine enna silent-movie starinte life story, his peak form, his ego, dismissive attitude to change in the movie culture, the decline, the more hurt ego, the deep decline, the sympathiser and finally the redemption. The Artist enna movieye ingane churukkathil describe cheyyaam. Ego, pride ennee vikaarangal manushya swabhavam aayi athra adhikam chernnirikkunnathu kondaavum eventhough watching the same theme in lots of movie, it still makes u feel wanting for more.

Story
The movie tells the film culture in the late 1920s when the silent movie culture was beginning to give way to the talkies. A super-star of the silent movie era, George Valentine loved to be an entertainer and to take pride to be in the limelight. Being very confident of his entertaining abilities, he dismissed the idea of talkie movies. A small-time extra artist, Peppy Miller, who is a big fan of George slightly increases her stature in the movies. During that time, movies are tied up with production houses, and due to his attitude, George Valentine is out of the new talkie productions. Being hurt his ego, George puts all his wealth into a new silent movie and directs a movie. But due to the 1929 Stock market crash & the failure of the movie, George is completely out of the industry. His unhappy wife deserts him and he ends up with his driver Clifton. Then the movie shows the rise of the talkie era and the decline of George Valentine and the silent movie era. Then the typical hurt of ego and the solace in alcohol adds to the misery. Now, how George gets redeemed is the rest of the movie.

Script & Direction
Brilliant job by Michel Hazanavicius. Cinemayile pala rangangalum characterizationsum nammal palathavana kandittundenglm athellaam ee chithrathil ninnu inspired aayittu cheythathu pole audienceine feel cheyyikkaan directorkku kazhinju. Excellent choice of narrative. 1920s enna kaalaghattam recreate cheyyaan artworkinte gimmicksinu pakaram movie culture kondu valare easy, effective and different aayttu cheyyaan kazhinju. The essence of a motion picture is in the visual,rather than the dialogs. The movie clearly shows a solid proof for this. Excellent Job
Some brilliant sequences
1. The scene where George going to a pawn shop to pawn his suit for some quick money. He bargains lightly with the shop owner and from the limited amount, he with all his pride gives him a tip.
2. The pride in watching his movie in a full house, the greed to garner more applause from them and finally to watch his directorial venture in an empty house and leaving the movie house in despair.
3. The climax scene, where the audience eager to hear a word from George and the way it is shown.
4. The unhappy wife was portrayed very effectively with her disfiguring all his portraits throughout the movie.

Performance
Jean Dujardin - What to say. Haven't seen such an excellent portrayal in celluloid in recent time. His passion for limelight, his pride, his solace in the alcohol, everything was safe in his hands. His controlled performances in the real movie and his over-the-top performances in the silent movies shows how brilliant an actor he is. Clearly academy award deserving
Berenice Bejo - Perfect supporting character in the movie. She has tremendous attitude and her crush on the star George, her sympathy towards the fallen George, everything was nicely and comically portrayed by her.
Jack the dog - Its difficult to avoid this character in the review. Even a hard pet hater will love this dog
James Cromwell - Reminds of our beloved Oduvil Unnikrishnan in the movie Sagaram Sakshi. Another lovable character in the movie.

Technical Side
Being a silent movie, the importance of musical score is high and a perfect musical score from Ludovic Bource. The art work, the costumes everything was perfect in lieu with the era portrayed.

Critic's note
It would have been much more great, if a sequence was added to elaborate George's dismissive attitude to the talkies. A reason for hurting the pride/ego would have been more effective.
The movie had a large potential to end in a tragedy and a safe way to garner the fame associated with it. But the director, had a love for the lovable characters and thankfully the audience are left to feel good with the redemption of the main characters.

Verdict : Don't miss this great work of Art

Kumbidi
26th March 2012, 07:47 AM
thanks machaa... enikkum orupaadu bodhicha cinema aanu.. art of film making ennu paranjaal ithaanu.. athil samsaaram illa ennullathaanu ettavum valya + point..


pinne valare sookshmamaaya kurachu sambhavangal undaarunu.. ayaalude life le oro ghattavum athil varunna oro cinemayude peraanu.. like Angel guardian..


"It would have been much more great, if a sequence was added to elaborate George's dismissive attitude to the talkies. A reason for hurting the pride/ego would have been more effective. "

ee paranjathinte answer enikku thonnunnu last pulli parayunna oru dialogue aanennu.. aa dialogue sradhivchaal pulliyude accent moshamaanu.. athaanu pullikku talkies nodulla ethirpppu ennaanu naan karuthiyathu..

Solomon
26th March 2012, 07:53 AM
thanks machaa... enikkum orupaadu bodhicha cinema aanu.. art of film making ennu paranjaal ithaanu.. athil samsaaram illa ennullathaanu ettavum valya + point..


pinne valare sookshmamaaya kurachu sambhavangal undaarunu.. ayaalude life le oro ghattavum athil varunna oro cinemayude peraanu.. like Angel guardian..


"It would have been much more great, if a sequence was added to elaborate George's dismissive attitude to the talkies. A reason for hurting the pride/ego would have been more effective. "

ee paranjathinte answer enikku thonnunnu last pulli parayunna oru dialogue aanennu.. aa dialogue sradhivchaal pulliyude accent moshamaanu.. athaanu pullikku talkies nodulla ethirpppu ennaanu naan karuthiyathu..

True.. he is having a strong accent. but film kandondirikkumbo was feeling like, it wud've been gr8 to see a reason.. eventhough it was put well in the end.

Zodiac
26th March 2012, 07:57 AM
Thanks Anna..
Enikkum nannayi ishtapettu..

Zodiac
26th March 2012, 08:03 AM
thanks machaa... enikkum orupaadu bodhicha cinema aanu.. art of film making ennu paranjaal ithaanu.. athil samsaaram illa ennullathaanu ettavum valya + point..


pinne valare sookshmamaaya kurachu sambhavangal undaarunu.. ayaalude life le oro ghattavum athil varunna oro cinemayude peraanu.. like Angel guardian..


"It would have been much more great, if a sequence was added to elaborate George's dismissive attitude to the talkies. A reason for hurting the pride/ego would have been more effective. "

ee paranjathinte answer enikku thonnunnu last pulli parayunna oru dialogue aanennu.. aa dialogue sradhivchaal pulliyude accent moshamaanu.. athaanu pullikku talkies nodulla ethirpppu ennaanu naan karuthiyathu..

Maathramalla silent film actors/makersil palarum talkiesne veruppodeyanu kandathu. Cinema oru visual art aanu athinu dialoginu praadhanyam kuravanennu vishwasikkunnavarayirunnu. Pinne annan paranja pole voiceum accentum palarkkum prashnamayirunnu.silent film pioneers aayirunna palarkkum angine aanu limelight nashtapettathu.

Billy wilderinte film noir classic Sunset Blvdil ithupole popularity nashtapetta oru silent film actressinte kadha aanu.

Athil avaru parayunna dialog 'I am big. It's the pictures that got small' :lol:

babichan
26th March 2012, 08:05 AM
thanks solo bhai....

Solomon
26th March 2012, 08:17 AM
Thanks Anna..
Enikkum nannayi ishtapettu..

:kudi: :kudi:

Solomon
26th March 2012, 08:18 AM
thanks solo bhai....

thnx for the rep babichaa..

Pankajakshan
26th March 2012, 08:43 AM
Idhevidenna kandadhu-njan innu idhu kaanaan sremam nadathy avasaanam verey 3 padangal kand weekend quote theerthu.

Solomon
26th March 2012, 08:45 AM
Idhevidenna kandadhu-njan innu idhu kaanaan sremam nadathy avasaanam verey 3 padangal kand weekend quote theerthu.

Ivde aduthulla theatreil padam vannu ee week.. might be my last movie here

starlord
26th March 2012, 08:57 AM
Thanks solomn....... ivarude james bond /spy moviekalude spoof kandittudu..... :cheers::cheers:

Pankajakshan
26th March 2012, 08:58 AM
Ivde aduthulla theatreil padam vannu ee week.. might be my last movie here

Okay okay...netflixinu kaashu kodukkunnadhu kond njan egnlish adhil ninney kaanaarullu..ennekaal kooduthal kaanunnadhu njan password share cheydhavaraanu :lol:

Next week thirich povuvaano?

Pankajakshan
26th March 2012, 08:59 AM
Thanks solomn....... ivarude james bond /spy moviekalude spoof kandittudu..... :cheers::cheers:

Thenali,

Edhaanu aa movie? Weekend avasaanikkanadhinu munney oru padathinoodey scope und :) :)

Solomon
26th March 2012, 08:59 AM
Thanks solomn....... ivarude james bond /spy moviekalude spoof kandittudu..... :cheers::cheers:

welcome thenali.. spoof padathinte peru enthanu?

starlord
26th March 2012, 09:01 AM
welcome thenali.. spoof padathinte peru enthanu?

2 ennam ondu.......... :DJ:

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464913/)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1167660/)

Solomon
26th March 2012, 09:02 AM
Okay okay...netflixinu kaashu kodukkunnadhu kond njan egnlish adhil ninney kaanaarullu..ennekaal kooduthal kaanunnadhu njan password share cheydhavaraanu :lol:

Next week thirich povuvaano?

officelekku pokunna vazhi oru multiplex undu.. 2nd run movie aanu varaarullathu.. and no. of screens koree ullathu kondu varunna padangal pettennu remove aavuvem illa :-) but was a relief for me..
Njan ivde vannathnu sesham 3 hindi filmsum vannu.. :tonykuttan:

hopefully I'll be returning next week..

Solomon
26th March 2012, 09:05 AM
2 ennam ondu.......... :DJ:

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464913/)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1167660/)


thnx a lot thenali...

Zodiac
26th March 2012, 09:06 AM
officelekku pokunna vazhi oru multiplex undu.. 2nd run movie aanu varaarullathu.. and no. of screens koree ullathu kondu varunna padangal pettennu remove aavuvem illa :-) but was a relief for me..
Njan ivde vannathnu sesham 3 hindi filmsum vannu.. :tonykuttan:

hopefully I'll be returning next week..

:cheers: Enthanennariyilla, oraal Americayil ninnu thirichu varunnu ennu kelkkumbol oru santhosham.

Solomon
26th March 2012, 09:08 AM
:cheers: Enthanennariyilla, oraal Americayil ninnu thirichu varunnu ennu kelkkumbol oru santhosham.

:icecream: :icecream: naattil vannttu venam bakki padangal kaanan..

Pankajakshan
26th March 2012, 09:08 AM
:cheers: Enthanennariyilla, oraal Americayil ninnu thirichu varunnu ennu kelkkumbol oru santhosham.


Kireedom englandil aanennu paranjaa solomon varunnadhu :lol:

navarannan
26th March 2012, 09:11 AM
Thanks Solomon... Big screenil ithu kaanan ulla avasaram nashtam aayi. Ini small screenil kanam..

radheyam
26th March 2012, 09:14 AM
"Cinemayile pala rangangalum characterizationsum nammal palathavana kandittundenglm athellaam ee chithrathil ninnu inspired aayittu cheythathu pole audienceine feel cheyyikkaan directorkku kazhinju"

very true very true
pandengooo ondakkiya cinema
pinneedu vannu cinemakal ellaam ee padathil ninnum inspired aayathu enna feel aanu padam kandu kazhiyaan neram..
awesome film..awesome direction..

thanks for the review.. double repped :)

radheyam
26th March 2012, 09:17 AM
"1920s enna kaalaghattam recreate cheyyaan artworkinte gimmicksinu pakaram movie culture kondu valare easy, effective and different aayttu cheyyaan kazhinju."

another intresting thing..
george and peppy stairsnte molilum thaazhem ninnum samsarikkunna scene create cheythirikkunnathu kandille
alukal chumma speedil thalangum velangum nadakkuvaanu..
a common trend in old films to show a busy office..

peppy and george first act cheyyunna combination sceninte retakes.. cinemayil ettavum enjoy cheythu kandathu aa retakes ayirunnu :)

radheyam
26th March 2012, 09:19 AM
"The unhappy wife was portrayed very effectively with her disfiguring all his portraits throughout the movie."

what a characterization!!

KasinathaN
26th March 2012, 10:51 AM
Thanks Solomon

Mr.Cool
26th March 2012, 11:06 AM
Thanks a lot Solomon.My favourite scene from the movie.

The Artist (2011) - Suit Comes to Life - Peppy Miller and George Valentin - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DflRty3nxo&feature=related)

~Saji~
26th March 2012, 11:53 AM
Thanks ee weekil njaan kaanum...kazhinja thavana poyappol enikku pattiya timil Hugo aayirunnu. So athu kandu...

sankarsanadh
26th March 2012, 01:40 PM
Thanx anna

Paul Barber
26th March 2012, 03:22 PM
orupaadu nalla nimishangal ulla oru sincere flick..

thanks solomon...

jean dujardin :cheers: entha parayuka-just exemplary

Solomon
26th March 2012, 06:15 PM
Thanks Solomon... Big screenil ithu kaanan ulla avasaram nashtam aayi. Ini small screenil kanam..

welcome navarannan

Solomon
26th March 2012, 06:16 PM
"Cinemayile pala rangangalum characterizationsum nammal palathavana kandittundenglm athellaam ee chithrathil ninnu inspired aayittu cheythathu pole audienceine feel cheyyikkaan directorkku kazhinju"

very true very true
pandengooo ondakkiya cinema
pinneedu vannu cinemakal ellaam ee padathil ninnum inspired aayathu enna feel aanu padam kandu kazhiyaan neram..
awesome film..awesome direction..

thanks for the review.. double repped :)


"1920s enna kaalaghattam recreate cheyyaan artworkinte gimmicksinu pakaram movie culture kondu valare easy, effective and different aayttu cheyyaan kazhinju."

another intresting thing..
george and peppy stairsnte molilum thaazhem ninnum samsarikkunna scene create cheythirikkunnathu kandille
alukal chumma speedil thalangum velangum nadakkuvaanu..
a common trend in old films to show a busy office..

peppy and george first act cheyyunna combination sceninte retakes.. cinemayil ettavum enjoy cheythu kandathu aa retakes ayirunnu :)


"The unhappy wife was portrayed very effectively with her disfiguring all his portraits throughout the movie."

what a characterization!!

True... thnx for the reps..

Solomon
26th March 2012, 06:16 PM
Thanks Solomon

welcome kasi nd thnx for the reps..

Solomon
26th March 2012, 06:17 PM
Thanks a lot Solomon.My favourite scene from the movie.

The Artist (2011) - Suit Comes to Life - Peppy Miller and George Valentin - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DflRty3nxo&feature=related)

missed to mention it.. yeah it was an xcellent scene.. welcome bhai..

Solomon
26th March 2012, 06:18 PM
Thanks ee weekil njaan kaanum...kazhinja thavana poyappol enikku pattiya timil Hugo aayirunnu. So athu kandu...

gr8.. don't miss it..

Solomon
26th March 2012, 06:18 PM
Thanx anna

welcome sankar nd thnx for the reps

Solomon
26th March 2012, 06:19 PM
orupaadu nalla nimishangal ulla oru sincere flick..

thanks solomon...

jean dujardin :cheers: entha parayuka-just exemplary

:party: :party: welcome machi...

pulijose
26th March 2012, 06:51 PM
Thanks annaa...:hi:

Solomon
26th March 2012, 07:21 PM
Thanks annaa...:hi:

thnx puli for the reps.