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Artist, The

Synopsis
Feature film. A romance taking place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 focusing on a declining male film star (Dujardin) and a rising actress (Bejo), as silent cinema declines and is replaced by the talkies. Much of the film itself is silent; it is shot in black-and-white. In one brief scene an actress tries out a sound scene (in silence) from Romeo and Juliet. The scene has a significance beyond the comedy as early sound Shakespeare films were being produced in this period some of which could be regarded as the antithesis of cinema.
Language
English
Country
Belgium; France
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
2011
Duration
100 mins

Credits

Director
Michael Hazanavicius
Producer
Thomas Langmann
Cinematographer
Guillaume Schiffman
Screenplay
Michael Hazanavicius
Music
Ludovic Bource
Cast
Bérénice BejoPeppy Miller
Jean DujardinGeorge Valentin
UggieJack (the dog)

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
1920s
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); silent films; Shakespeare on film

Production Company

Name

France 3 Cinema

Address
France
Name

JD Prod

Name

La Classe Américaine

Name

La Petite Reine

Name

Studio 37

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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