The Artist (2011) – A Movie for People who Love Movies

The fact that “The Artist” really get rid of the Oscar in 2012 is a big question. There are so many great movies in 2011 but the fact of this film even getting the Best Motion Picture award is unreasonable. “Hugo” and “Midnight in Paris” are the two films which have a great opportunity to speak in that category. But, it’s just a mere subjective nature. In addition, what we like about a silent or black and white movie is one part of film history is the right thing to do with how this film uses an intermediary between the silent era and the sound era of film.

So the answer, “The Artist” on the other hand, we can appreciate it. Indeed, hearing about things related to silent and black and white films is a cheap impression. Who wants to watch it? The answer is people who really love and really know what the film really is. Yet, there are some who really walk out when the film premiere. Just because of such a cheap impression. In my opinion, art cannot describe by words or dialogue. Just using your face and that’s what you get. The first line of the movie just said: “I won’t talk! I won’t say a word!” It really sums up the whole part of the movie.

“The Artist” reminds me a little of one of the most influential directors in a silent film, Charlie Chaplin, when the film industry used a sound format in the mid-1920s. Charlie Chaplin is one of those figures whose stick with his trademark but as time goes by, he also starts using sound in some of his films such as “The Great Dictator,” one of the most controversial films in the year. On the other hand, Jean Dujardin as George Valentin really reminds me of Charlie Chaplin.

Just like he said the most exceptional quote I’ve ever heard: “I’m not your puppet, I’m an artist.” However, those words that made him a bit of arrogant when his first reaction seen a sound film. He seems insinuating and cynical. Just like this life, keep spinning like a wheel. There is no turning back, all you have to do is move forward. There is human circumstance above to below and vice versa. In a nutshell, if you want to be an artist, you have to understand what exactly ‘cruel’ is.

Michel Hazanavicius‘ “The Artist,” tells of George Valentin, a silent film actor whose name has been widely known through his works. He always satisfying with all of his films. Applause is never desolate, so critics are always proud of what he has created, and of course, he’s quite a playboy. Many fangirls who fan him so much. So are the reporters. Who would have thought, his meeting with Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller as one of his fans is a twist? When he accidentally dropped her wallet, she collided with George instead. Suddenly, a quiet atmosphere. George’s expression looked annoyed at the woman’s behavior. Turns out, just like some actors, he’s just acting where everyone comes too. The film industry began to change after the meeting. So is the ebb and flow of life.

There are some impressions of stuck when watching “The Tribe.” It’s one of the films which are just silence. The delivery of stories through sign language. The atmosphere of the film is just quiet even to the fur of your neck so touched when watching the film. Watching “The Artist” in an era where films are no longer two-color or mute has turned the worldview more focused and attracts more attention. We see the history of how film continues to grow, develop, and develop again.

Maybe in the future, there will be a film that tells the story of the CGI film era in futuristic that no longer uses 3D but the audience can participate in the film too. We are getting excited in this age where you use a sensor transferred into the game. How about the future? What is the description of the film going to? Or does the movie no longer exist? “The Artist” isn’t just a silent movie. It’s your typical movie, charm tune, romance comedy, with great story and performance and a little use of realism.

In addition, it’s just a regular movie where music is the background. No one spoke, only an intermediate frame that shows a short dialogue between characters. George Valentin is realism and illustrates how he was endgame little by little by time. Getting ready to face new faces, his life is increasingly in pressure when sound films and new younger artists become the main stars. He was a little sarcastic when he met one of the spectators who also watched one of the films starring Peppy Miller.

He said to someone who has praised his pet dog, Uggie: “If only he could talk.” She didn’t understand but it seemed as if he was directly said it at the audience where we immediately connected with what he had said. George is a confident person and a typical person who overproud himself. He isn’t a type of narcissistic but there is something that makes his ego always feels he would eventually be unhappy again. However, he is an artist. Not people who leap into the world of entertainment only for property, throne, and women. What a great pattern!

Berenice Bejo as Peppy Miller is a ‘coincidental’ character. The relationship between George Valentin is rather difficult to say this is a romance film. She was a dancer who had found inspiration and George was one of the people who made her so famous if there was no George. However, the situation turned around. An unexpected meeting when Miller’s opinion about the silent film situation where Valentin overheard those words. The shot that separates the frame between Valentin and Miller is a fantastic shot.

Michel Hazanavicius often makes shots between shots as if they have a symbolism. The shot when Valentin was dreaming of being captured in a tilted way like Valentin’s life was upside-down. The scene when Valentin spoke to his shadow was one of the most memorable as well as when he was talking to the character he had played in his film. The transition at the climax of the film is such mindblowing and when a frame reads ‘BANG!’ appears instantly, you won’t be able to guess it.

With a 1.33: 1 aspect ratio, “The Artist” seems exactly to a silent film released in the early 20th century. Shot with 22 frames per second, the action was accelerated when played at the standard of 24 frames per second. Most silent films are shot with 14 and 24 frames per second which makes them fast when played in motion. The acting in this film is a bit overreacting and exaggerated in several parts. Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo is an appreciation which deserves more. Apart from acting out characters that are so full of dilemmas, the climactic dance sequence is just awesome.

They even practiced for more than five months with improvisation from “Singin’ in the Rain.” This film is a black-and-white film which has been re-converted which was originally shot in the colorful format. Regardless of which, “The Artist” is also not just a silent film like Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton but it’s more like the life of an artist. Spinning wheels, times of fall, glory, and entertainment. Just like George Valentin and Peppy Miller, two reciprocal characters.

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond quote: “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!” from “Sunset Boulevard.” “The Artist” isn’t shown by people who wanna watch movies like ‘movies’ but this is one of the perfect films if you understand what the essence of the film really is. People don’t like the format so they think it’s cheap. Behind the overrated which wipe out various awards, this is more stylized than other color films. We don’t need dialogue, the gesture is enough to tell the story. Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo are like two characters with reciprocity, are interconnected, inspire each other, so are the actors. Michel Hazanavicius‘ cinematography is a unique achievement and enchantment. “The Artist” imitating art in a movie. A silent film which is more than that.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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