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Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor
Hollywood, 1927. George Valentin (Dujardin) is one of Hollywood's reigning silent screen idols, instantly recognisable with his slim moustache and signature white tie and tails. As he happily mugs for rapturous fans and reporters at his latest film premiere, George is a man indistinguishable from his person, and a star secure in his future. For young dancer Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), the future will be what she makes of it. Vivacious and good humoured, Peppy first crosses George's path at his film premiere and then as an extra on his latest film. As they film a brief dance sequence, the leading man and the newcomer fall into a natural rhythm, but the day must finally end, sending the matinee idol and the eager hopeful back to their respective places on the Hollywood ladder.
Hollywood itself will soon fall under sway of a captivating new starlet: talking pictures. George wants no part of the new technology, scorning the talkie as a vulgar fad destined for the dustbin. By 1929, Hollywood is preparing to cease all silent film production and George faces a choice: embrace sound or risk sliding into obscurity. Mixing comedy, romance, and melodrama, The Artist is itself an example of the form it celebrates: a black and white silent film that relies on images, actors and music to weave its singular enchanting spell.
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