The Artist (Hazanavicius, 2012)

The Artist

An unremarkable faux-silent era film. A safe, conventional narrative in a novel, not so novel, package. Lacks the charm of the silent era, and only moderately offers silent film techniques. Way too little visual dialogue for a silent: much performance, little cinematography. A silent film for people who have never seen a silent film before. Stripped of all off-putting elements (characteristic film grain, shadows, fast motion, excessive theatricality) and designed for the modern popcorn viewer. Its tendentious aim to please compromises its sincerity.

60/100 – Decent.

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About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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