Why is The Artist rated PG 13
I'm sitting in the cinema - and watching a silent film! There are things. And best of all: I was absolutely fascinated by the speechless work of art in black and white right from the start. Use right at the beginning Director Michel Hazanavicius a successful trick: he shows his audience the cinema audience of the 20s. The fine gentlemen sit in their most beautiful clothes and suits in the hall and stare spellbound at the screen. It quickly becomes clear that at that time the cinema had a very special status and cannot be compared with the cinema experience of today. Even in the pioneering days, moving images on the screen had a very special fascination - and that far removed from sound, color or even 3D film. From that moment on, at least I showed a different appreciation for the film than I would have expected.
Now the early film was characterized by its grand gestures and theatrical facial expressions, which nowadays make you laugh rather than arouse real empathy. So it was certainly a great challenge to do justice to the genre of silent film and at the same time to convey the acting shown credibly. The two main actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo did an excellent job. In their “film roles” they show contemporary overacting, but can also convey a lot of feeling on the real level of the film with more modern acting without words. I would describe this tightrope walk as very successful.
Although the plot of “The Actor” is relatively unsurprising, the film is still very entertaining over its entire length. This is not only due to the good performances of Dujardins and Bejo, but is also due to a considerable extent to the “eternal follower”: the eternally loyal Jack Russell terrier. Again and again he was able to inspire me. Sometimes with his funny hopscotch, then again simply by the fact that he (or “she”, because it was shot with three dogs) seems to be perfectly trained.
Jean Dujardin not only has the perfect face to portray a Hollywood star of the past, but has also mastered the habitus and gestures of that time. Bérénice Bejo as the cheeky actress Peppy Miller made it very easy to take the cheeky film star with a certain diva charm away from her with her charisma. Very adorable in her own way. At least she had taken my heart by storm in the first few scenes with her charming smile.
Surprisingly, the running time of the film flies by, and in the end I even had to shed a little tear from the sheer drama. So I learned: Silent films can still be really entertaining today. Perhaps it was really time to appreciate this form of film again (the last “great” silent film with theatrical release was Mel Brooks' “Silent Movie” in 1976). At least my interest is piqued. I no longer want to categorically rule out that I would actually see a real early work of film art. So the film has certainly achieved one of its goals.
At the Oscars, the film is likely to have a pretty big hit. The Academy likes to celebrate films that deal with film. And even if “The Actor” remained a little colorless (in the truest sense of the word) on the pure level of action, he will rightly accept one or the other golden boy.
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