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The Best Picture Project – The Artist (2011)

Directed and Written by Michel Hazanavicius

Starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo

Unlike my wife and daughter, I am no movie snob.  For my wife, she refuses to see anything that requires subtitles – so no Truffaut and Herzog for her.  For my daughter, anything in black and white is out the window, which means just about any movie made before 1960 is out.  It makes me sad to think of the great films her snobbery will deprive her of.

Anyway, though I’m not snob, and though I love silent films as much as anybody – my particular favorite is The General, though I’m also partial to Harold Lloyd – I’ve got to acknowledge that watching a silent film is exhausting.  Unlike a ‘talkie’, where the story is told in sounds and images, silent films require so much more attention and fidelity to the image on screen that it can literally where you out.

This, ultimately, is my problem with The Artist. Continue reading

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Soundification – Making Silents Heard?

Lately I’ve been seriously into just about everything on TCM, scanning the lineup a week in advance so I’m sure to program the DVR to grab movies I’ve either not seen before or haven’t seen in ages. In the past few months this has given me such gems as The Sugarland Express, directed by Stephen Spielberg, and The Magnificent Anderson’s, by Welles. In addition there has been a treasure trove of early studio comedies, from W.C. Fields all the way back to the true comedic masters of the silent era. Continue reading

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