PG certificateThe Artist is a Film programme that first aired in 2011 and has been classified a PG certificate.

The Artist is a 4 star programme

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The Artist (2011)

Directed by
Michel Hazanavicius

Suave silent movie star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) can seemingly do no wrong, until a new craze grips the industry: sound. As his Hollywood stock plummets, aspiring star Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), a young dancer who had been riding George's tuxedo-tails to stardom, seems to be just tailor-made for the talkies. The pair have chemistry, but as fading hero George stubbornly slides into self-loathing and Peppy's popularity continues to skyrocket, will fate conspire to bring them together or pull them apart for good?

One of the most unconventional films to walk away with a Best Picture Oscar, The Artist took the 2012 ceremony by storm, scooping a grand total of five awards (also including Best Actor and Best Director).

The first silent film to triumph since 1927, Michel Hazanavicius's charming ode to the era is in authentic black and white and, aside from fame in his native France, features a previously unknown spy spoof star in the lead role. Despite these traits being a potential drawback against modern talkies the film is up against, infinitely appealing performances, cleverly choreographed comedy and a brilliant sense of fun has seen audiences take The Artist to their hearts.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: France/Belgium

Filmed in Black and White


Image for Jean DujardinJean Dujardin...George Valentin
Image for Bérénice BejoBérénice Bejo...Peppy Miller
Image for John GoodmanJohn Goodman...Al Zimmer
Image for James CromwellJames Cromwell...Clifton
Penelope Ann Miller...Doris
Image for Missi PyleMissi Pyle...Constance
Beth Grant...Peppy's Maid
Ed Lauter...The Butler
Joel Murray...Policeman Fire
Bitsie Tulloch...Norma
Ken Davitian...Pawnbroker
Image for Malcolm McDowellMalcolm McDowell...The Butler
Basil Hoffman...Auctioneer
Bill Fagerbakke...Policeman Tuxedo
Nina Siemaszko...Admiring Woman