The Artist [REVIEW]

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Behind The Proscenium, Kimmo Mustonenen, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Kimmo On Kino, The Artist, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, The Weinstein Company, Michel Hazanavicius, Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Bitsie Tulloch, Ken Davitian, Malcolm McDowell, Basil Hoffman, Bill Fagerbakke, Nina Siemaszko, Stephen Mendillo, Dash Pomerantz, Beau Nelson, Alex Holliday, Wiley M. Pickett, Ben Kurland, Katie Nisa, Katie Wallack, Hal Landon, Ccieto Augusto, Sarah Karges, Sarah Scott, Maize Olinger, Ezra Buzzington, Fred Bishop, Stuart Pankin, Andy Milder, Bob Glouberman, David Allen Cluck, Kristian Francis Falkenstein, Matt Skollar, Annie O'Donnell, Patrick Mapel, Matthew Albrect, Harvey J. Alperin, Lily Knight, Clement Blake, Tsso Feldman, Christopher Ashe, Adria Tennor, Cletus Young, M. Mark Donaldson, Brian Williams, Andrew Ross Wynn, Jen Lilley, Brian Chenoweth, Tim De Zam, Uggie, Niko NOvick, Joshua Capo, Pasquale Cassalia, Mohamed Dione, Kevin Michael Hoffman, Rose Murphy, Rene Napoli, Jewel Shepard, Ashley Lane Adams, David Bantly, Bill Blair, Ole Dupont, Josephine Ganner, Jillana Laufer, Josh Margulies, Philip Ongert, Geoff Pilkington, Jamie Preston, Andrew Schlessinger, John H. Tobin, Josh Woodle, Al Zimmer, Jeremy Burdek, Antoine de Cazotte, Daniel Delume, Nadia Khamlichi, Thomas Langmann, Richard Middleton, Emmanuel Montamat, Adrian Politowski, Gilles Waterkeyn, Ludovic Bource, Guillaume Schiffman, Anne-Sophie Bion, Heidi Levitt, Laurence Bennett, Gregory Hooper, Austin Buchinsky, Robert Gould, Mark Bridges, Cydney Cornell, Clarisse Domine, Kelcey Fry, Jenni Brown Greenberg, Zoe Hay, Julie Hewett, Adruitha Lee, Lydia Milars, Maha Saade, Lynn Tully, Angie Wells, Karen Zanki, Joy Zapata, Antoine de Cazotte, Segolene Fleury Slimane, Varujan Gumusel, Frank Mettre, Christina Lee Storm, James Canal, David Allen Cluck, Shadie Elnashai, David Paige, Lou Salome Piron, Richard Robinson, Karla Strum, Laura Albert, Michael Caradonna, Gary Davis, Jennifer Ann Henry, Nathan Lewis, Paul Black, Nigel Boyd, Richard Bernard, Frederic Dunis, Jerome Lateur, Laura Aldridge, Danielle Clark, Sarah Clifford, Mitch deQuilettes, Hec Elodie, Fred Fein, Alicia Gaynor, Anthony Hanna, Mike Hoover, Marie Christine Lafosse, Martin Metz, Nancy Ann Norton, David Albert Pierce, Griffin Pocock, Iwona Sellers, Fabien Ruiz, Bastien Sirodot, Johanna Silverman, Kris Smith, Laurie Stewart, John Tribken, Clay Valenti, Omar Von Muller, Lauren Wildeboer, Justin WraggThe Artist

With Wit, Reviewed By Kimmo Mustonenen

Confusion.

In the cinema.

Topped off with Kossu shots.

Warm.

Now for the reviewing the movie I see.

Then sick joke!

4:3 picture.  Black and white.  No talking.

WTF?!?

Elaborate joke on Kimmo?

Alcohol time travelling?

Heaven?

“The Artist” was not a joke on my head.  A gift.  From Hollywood.  Or France.

Thank you, Hollywood.  Or France.

I don’t care.  Just “THANK YOU!”

Plot?  Sure!

George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is the big screen star of the late silent era.  In 1927 a photo gets on the front pages of the Hollywood press (pre-TMZ… yes, that time was in existence – Hi, Harvey!), on the charmer kisses an unidentified woman after a performance on the red carpet (I guess red – it was gray – like everything in the past).

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Behind The Proscenium, Kimmo Mustonenen, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Kimmo On Kino, The Artist, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, The Weinstein Company, Michel Hazanavicius, Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Bitsie Tulloch, Ken Davitian, Malcolm McDowell, Basil Hoffman, Bill Fagerbakke, Nina Siemaszko, Stephen Mendillo, Dash Pomerantz, Beau Nelson, Alex Holliday, Wiley M. Pickett, Ben Kurland, Katie Nisa, Katie Wallack, Hal Landon, Ccieto Augusto, Sarah Karges, Sarah Scott, Maize Olinger, Ezra Buzzington, Fred Bishop, Stuart Pankin, Andy Milder, Bob Glouberman, David Allen Cluck, Kristian Francis Falkenstein, Matt Skollar, Annie O'Donnell, Patrick Mapel, Matthew Albrect, Harvey J. Alperin, Lily Knight, Clement Blake, Tsso Feldman, Christopher Ashe, Adria Tennor, Cletus Young, M. Mark Donaldson, Brian Williams, Andrew Ross Wynn, Jen Lilley, Brian Chenoweth, Tim De Zam, Uggie, Niko NOvick, Joshua Capo, Pasquale Cassalia, Mohamed Dione, Kevin Michael Hoffman, Rose Murphy, Rene Napoli, Jewel Shepard, Ashley Lane Adams, David Bantly, Bill Blair, Ole Dupont, Josephine Ganner, Jillana Laufer, Josh Margulies, Philip Ongert, Geoff Pilkington, Jamie Preston, Andrew Schlessinger, John H. Tobin, Josh Woodle, Al Zimmer, Jeremy Burdek, Antoine de Cazotte, Daniel Delume, Nadia Khamlichi, Thomas Langmann, Richard Middleton, Emmanuel Montamat, Adrian Politowski, Gilles Waterkeyn, Ludovic Bource, Guillaume Schiffman, Anne-Sophie Bion, Heidi Levitt, Laurence Bennett, Gregory Hooper, Austin Buchinsky, Robert Gould, Mark Bridges, Cydney Cornell, Clarisse Domine, Kelcey Fry, Jenni Brown Greenberg, Zoe Hay, Julie Hewett, Adruitha Lee, Lydia Milars, Maha Saade, Lynn Tully, Angie Wells, Karen Zanki, Joy Zapata, Antoine de Cazotte, Segolene Fleury Slimane, Varujan Gumusel, Frank Mettre, Christina Lee Storm, James Canal, David Allen Cluck, Shadie Elnashai, David Paige, Lou Salome Piron, Richard Robinson, Karla Strum, Laura Albert, Michael Caradonna, Gary Davis, Jennifer Ann Henry, Nathan Lewis, Paul Black, Nigel Boyd, Richard Bernard, Frederic Dunis, Jerome Lateur, Laura Aldridge, Danielle Clark, Sarah Clifford, Mitch deQuilettes, Hec Elodie, Fred Fein, Alicia Gaynor, Anthony Hanna, Mike Hoover, Marie Christine Lafosse, Martin Metz, Nancy Ann Norton, David Albert Pierce, Griffin Pocock, Iwona Sellers, Fabien Ruiz, Bastien Sirodot, Johanna Silverman, Kris Smith, Laurie Stewart, John Tribken, Clay Valenti, Omar Von Muller, Lauren Wildeboer, Justin WraggPeppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) is named the starlet who wants to make her fortune in Hollywood and soon afterwards met (with Valentin) as a dancer among many on the set.  Caught by her charm, the star for newcomer helps to a small role, oh yes he did.

Two years later, the demise of silent films was sealed.  Valentine stubbornly refuses to accept this, and produced his next silent film itself, he has the same day as the new sound film premiere, in which Miller plays Peppy (confusion – must start reading press kit), go and miserably at the box office.

Valentine withdraws depressed, drinks (my man!) and is exhibited by his wife before and through the door.  He must leave all his belongings auctioned off, and soon no one knows him (Uggie knows him – cleanly, you perverts!).

Only Peppy who has become the diva of the sound film entertains, continued feelings for him and tried to help him.  But his pride gets in the way of their love.

U2 saw this.  In the past.  Or in this case, the future.

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Behind The Proscenium, Kimmo Mustonenen, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Kimmo On Kino, The Artist, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, The Weinstein Company, Michel Hazanavicius, Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Bitsie Tulloch, Ken Davitian, Malcolm McDowell, Basil Hoffman, Bill Fagerbakke, Nina Siemaszko, Stephen Mendillo, Dash Pomerantz, Beau Nelson, Alex Holliday, Wiley M. Pickett, Ben Kurland, Katie Nisa, Katie Wallack, Hal Landon, Ccieto Augusto, Sarah Karges, Sarah Scott, Maize Olinger, Ezra Buzzington, Fred Bishop, Stuart Pankin, Andy Milder, Bob Glouberman, David Allen Cluck, Kristian Francis Falkenstein, Matt Skollar, Annie O'Donnell, Patrick Mapel, Matthew Albrect, Harvey J. Alperin, Lily Knight, Clement Blake, Tsso Feldman, Christopher Ashe, Adria Tennor, Cletus Young, M. Mark Donaldson, Brian Williams, Andrew Ross Wynn, Jen Lilley, Brian Chenoweth, Tim De Zam, Uggie, Niko NOvick, Joshua Capo, Pasquale Cassalia, Mohamed Dione, Kevin Michael Hoffman, Rose Murphy, Rene Napoli, Jewel Shepard, Ashley Lane Adams, David Bantly, Bill Blair, Ole Dupont, Josephine Ganner, Jillana Laufer, Josh Margulies, Philip Ongert, Geoff Pilkington, Jamie Preston, Andrew Schlessinger, John H. Tobin, Josh Woodle, Al Zimmer, Jeremy Burdek, Antoine de Cazotte, Daniel Delume, Nadia Khamlichi, Thomas Langmann, Richard Middleton, Emmanuel Montamat, Adrian Politowski, Gilles Waterkeyn, Ludovic Bource, Guillaume Schiffman, Anne-Sophie Bion, Heidi Levitt, Laurence Bennett, Gregory Hooper, Austin Buchinsky, Robert Gould, Mark Bridges, Cydney Cornell, Clarisse Domine, Kelcey Fry, Jenni Brown Greenberg, Zoe Hay, Julie Hewett, Adruitha Lee, Lydia Milars, Maha Saade, Lynn Tully, Angie Wells, Karen Zanki, Joy Zapata, Antoine de Cazotte, Segolene Fleury Slimane, Varujan Gumusel, Frank Mettre, Christina Lee Storm, James Canal, David Allen Cluck, Shadie Elnashai, David Paige, Lou Salome Piron, Richard Robinson, Karla Strum, Laura Albert, Michael Caradonna, Gary Davis, Jennifer Ann Henry, Nathan Lewis, Paul Black, Nigel Boyd, Richard Bernard, Frederic Dunis, Jerome Lateur, Laura Aldridge, Danielle Clark, Sarah Clifford, Mitch deQuilettes, Hec Elodie, Fred Fein, Alicia Gaynor, Anthony Hanna, Mike Hoover, Marie Christine Lafosse, Martin Metz, Nancy Ann Norton, David Albert Pierce, Griffin Pocock, Iwona Sellers, Fabien Ruiz, Bastien Sirodot, Johanna Silverman, Kris Smith, Laurie Stewart, John Tribken, Clay Valenti, Omar Von Muller, Lauren Wildeboer, Justin WraggEnough plot.  Spoilers are not in this.  Yet.

Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius has dared to experiment, to swim against the stream (salmon!) and see if you still can make a silent film, which arrives at the audience.

With the elegant play of black and white film with light and shadow bathes the story in the Roaring Twenties, when the men still like tails (coats, not booty) and the women wore curly short hair and short dresses.

In 1927 George Valentine’s latest film, accompanied by a live orchestra, shown in a cinema that resembles an opera house.

Then the star interacts with its ubiquitous little dog Jack (Uggie – SAG award for the dog!  Now!!!) on stage to be feted by audiences  Jean Dujardin plays George Valentin, first as a light-footed charmer, a man who basks in the affection of his audience before he then almost at the abrupt end of his career break (see George Clooney and “Up In The Air Flying”).

Lots of music and the faithful little dog who is looking out for his master support, with Dujardin here to describe this inner drama effectively.

With the start of the new sound film era actor came out great on camera, here it is shown by Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller.  Her bigger than Jupiter (Jupiter?  The Sun!) eyes gives the whole story a fresh, even contemporary twist – and yank my heart chain.

She gave my area an expansion (totally).  Her film character has a sincere thing and does not rise to the success of her head, which was as successful as her body (my area, again).

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Behind The Proscenium, Kimmo Mustonenen, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Kimmo On Kino, The Artist, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, The Weinstein Company, Michel Hazanavicius, Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Bitsie Tulloch, Ken Davitian, Malcolm McDowell, Basil Hoffman, Bill Fagerbakke, Nina Siemaszko, Stephen Mendillo, Dash Pomerantz, Beau Nelson, Alex Holliday, Wiley M. Pickett, Ben Kurland, Katie Nisa, Katie Wallack, Hal Landon, Ccieto Augusto, Sarah Karges, Sarah Scott, Maize Olinger, Ezra Buzzington, Fred Bishop, Stuart Pankin, Andy Milder, Bob Glouberman, David Allen Cluck, Kristian Francis Falkenstein, Matt Skollar, Annie O'Donnell, Patrick Mapel, Matthew Albrect, Harvey J. Alperin, Lily Knight, Clement Blake, Tsso Feldman, Christopher Ashe, Adria Tennor, Cletus Young, M. Mark Donaldson, Brian Williams, Andrew Ross Wynn, Jen Lilley, Brian Chenoweth, Tim De Zam, Uggie, Niko NOvick, Joshua Capo, Pasquale Cassalia, Mohamed Dione, Kevin Michael Hoffman, Rose Murphy, Rene Napoli, Jewel Shepard, Ashley Lane Adams, David Bantly, Bill Blair, Ole Dupont, Josephine Ganner, Jillana Laufer, Josh Margulies, Philip Ongert, Geoff Pilkington, Jamie Preston, Andrew Schlessinger, John H. Tobin, Josh Woodle, Al Zimmer, Jeremy Burdek, Antoine de Cazotte, Daniel Delume, Nadia Khamlichi, Thomas Langmann, Richard Middleton, Emmanuel Montamat, Adrian Politowski, Gilles Waterkeyn, Ludovic Bource, Guillaume Schiffman, Anne-Sophie Bion, Heidi Levitt, Laurence Bennett, Gregory Hooper, Austin Buchinsky, Robert Gould, Mark Bridges, Cydney Cornell, Clarisse Domine, Kelcey Fry, Jenni Brown Greenberg, Zoe Hay, Julie Hewett, Adruitha Lee, Lydia Milars, Maha Saade, Lynn Tully, Angie Wells, Karen Zanki, Joy Zapata, Antoine de Cazotte, Segolene Fleury Slimane, Varujan Gumusel, Frank Mettre, Christina Lee Storm, James Canal, David Allen Cluck, Shadie Elnashai, David Paige, Lou Salome Piron, Richard Robinson, Karla Strum, Laura Albert, Michael Caradonna, Gary Davis, Jennifer Ann Henry, Nathan Lewis, Paul Black, Nigel Boyd, Richard Bernard, Frederic Dunis, Jerome Lateur, Laura Aldridge, Danielle Clark, Sarah Clifford, Mitch deQuilettes, Hec Elodie, Fred Fein, Alicia Gaynor, Anthony Hanna, Mike Hoover, Marie Christine Lafosse, Martin Metz, Nancy Ann Norton, David Albert Pierce, Griffin Pocock, Iwona Sellers, Fabien Ruiz, Bastien Sirodot, Johanna Silverman, Kris Smith, Laurie Stewart, John Tribken, Clay Valenti, Omar Von Muller, Lauren Wildeboer, Justin WraggAt the same time but she suffers because she can not find a way to get closer to the deep hurt in his pride Valentine.  In spite of the cardiac pain, which he describes, the film also maintains a comedic, upbeat tone.

There are places where one sees clearly amazing what people say at the moment, although we hear nothing of it – silent!  If only the “blue hairs” in row sitting behind me could stop their mouth flaps.

Talking in cinema should equal death.  Painful death.

Enough!

My thumbs strain to the heaven place, having seen, of the year, the best film!  I can review again!

Until the next “Transformers” or “Twilight” shit storm.  I promise to like movies until then, of course.

Bérénice Bejo?  Not just my thumbs strain sky-ward (dirty!).  Ginnifer Goodwin, you exist no longer.

I am ready for Bérénice to do the Humpty Dance.  On my thing.  But not silently, nor in black and white.  Loud, and with color.  Perfection.

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Behind The Proscenium, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Reese Witherspoon, Water For Elephants, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook, Mark Povinelli, Richard Brake, Stephen Monroe Taylor, Ken Foree, Scott MacDonald, James Frain, Sam Anderson, John Aylward, Brad Greenquist, Tim Guinee, Donna W. Scott, E.E. Bell, Kyle Jordan, Aleksandra Kaniak, Ilia Volok, Bruce Gray, Jim Jansen, James Keane, Ivo Nandi, Karynn Moore, Andrew Connolly, Doug McDougal, Tracy Phillips Rowan O'Hara, Water for Elephants, Tai, Uggie, Ice, Sita Acevedo, Danny Castle, Michael Coronas, Aloysia Gavre, Francis Lawrence, Andrew R. Tennenbaum, Erwin Stoff, Gil Netter, Kevin Halloran, Alan Edward Bell, Ana Maria Quintana, Chad Holmes, David Crank, Denise Chamian, Molly Allen, Sasha Veneziano, Kimmo MustonenenKimmo Mustonenen – (Kimmo On Kino) – Behind The Proscenium

P.S.  From “Shark Night 3D” to my television – Katharine McPhee!!!  Have I died?  Or finally Kossu madness?  Good feelings need no question answered.  Time for another shot.  And time to DVR “Smash.”

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Comments

  1. Denna D on January 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm said:

    I loved The Artist! I don’t think it was a gimmick. I thought it was incredibly original, incredibly creative and just a lot of fun. That’s okay by to be Best Picture!

  2. Heavy G on January 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm said:

    Hey Kimmo, when it comes to Bérénice Bejo – get in line. Behind me.
    Best film of the year. By far.

  3. Natalie on January 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm said:

    Thoroughly enjoyed The Artist. It’s retro look never gets tired and the cast were entirely convincing. A beautiful, charming and witty film and a lesson that brave film making does pay off.

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