The Artist took home Best Picture last night. Here’s contributor Daniel Picker’s take:
The Artist starring Jean Dujardin, and Berenice Bego, also stars Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier and scene stealer. This trio trumps a supporting cast which includes the larger – than – life John Goodman as the demonstrative Al Zimmer, the capable James Cromwell as Clifton, the Valet, and the able Ed Lauter as Peppy’s Initial Chauffeur, along with Malcolm McDowell as The Butler.
But this silent, black & white film belongs to the eponymous “Artist” George Valentin as portrayed by Jean Dujardin. Dujardin’s performance exhibits brilliance, and he, along with Berenice Bejo as Peppy, and the dog, should be sufficient inspiration for delinquent film lovers as Oscar season approaches. A mirror, and a large plate – glass shop window figure prominently in “The Artist.” Early on in the film Valentin faces a mirror and his subtle and brief shift in facial expression illuminates the dilemma of the artist: am I myself or the character I portray? And is either sufficient? And for whom? While Valentin silently meditates on his fate a filmgoer cannot help but be drawn into this motion picture. Read more »