This Week at the Avon: The Artist

Either you’ve been living under a rock all break, or you’ve heard that there’s a black and white movie out there that is actually entertaining. This silent film is making a lot of noise as Oscar Night approaches. The Artist is the first English film by French writer/director Michel Hazanavicius and is nominated for 10 Oscars – including Best Picture. The Artist already won the Golden Globe; can they do it again?  Scoring a staggering 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, this may be the best film The Avon shows all semester.  Nothing feels more vintage than sitting in an old style theater, eating popcorn and watching a silent film.  Sounds like hipsta-heaven to me.

Although the film is slow at points and could score about 10 minutes of time, it reminds us why we love the movies (even those set during the Depression). The film is a classic story line about a Hollywood leading man, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), and an up-and-coming starlet, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo).  Drama ensues when Valentin loses his job as movies evolve from silent to “talkies.” Miller becomes a star while Valentin is left trying to salvage his career. An unconventional love story, Hazanavicius plays with the genre. Using dance, visual gags, and a notably well-trained dog, he keeps the action constantly moving. Hazanavicius’ inventive screenplay makes the movie unlike what you would expect. Just wait until Valentin puts down his mug. I won’t say anymore. I don’t want to give it away.

George Valentin gives a silent performance that got him a well-deserved Golden Globe. Best thing about a silent film: you never know that Valentin is French. And, if you saw the Golden Globes, you understand how painful his English can be. (When watching this clip: watch out for his wife’s nipple and flip cam…. you’ve been warned)

Berenice Bejo shines as the beautiful dancer who steals Valentin’s heart. Best known for her performance in A Knight’s Tale (in my opinion), Bejo is about to follow in the steps of her character, Miller, and become the star no one can get enough of. Moreover, Ludovic Bource’s score is stunning and keeps you gripped from start to finish, providing most of the sound for this silent tale.

You better go see this movie while you can.  You don’t want to be the loser on Oscar night who hasn’t seen the movie that wins Best Picture.

FAQ:

What are the show times? The Artist screens daily at 4:10, 6:30, and 8:40 with special Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00.  Yes, all of those times are PM.

Where is the Avon?  Are you seriously asking that question?  Just walk down Thayer.  You can go after you get rejected from Spiritus.

How much does it cost?  $9.50, but only $7.50 for the matinee.

Is it worth the $9.50? Most definitely!

2 Comments

  1. Best article you’ve written, really. Better than the movie, even–I actually thought it kinda blew, haha.

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