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The Artist (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 January 2012 (USA)
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An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... George Valentin
Bérénice Bejo ... Peppy Miller
John Goodman ... Al Zimmer
James Cromwell ... Clifton
Penelope Ann Miller ... Doris
Missi Pyle ... Constance
Beth Grant ... Peppy's Maid
Ed Lauter ... Peppy's Butler
Joel Murray ... Policeman Fire
Elizabeth Tulloch ... Norma (as Bitsie Tulloch)
Ken Davitian ... Pawnbroker
Malcolm McDowell ... The Butler
Basil Hoffman ... Auctioneer
Bill Fagerbakke ... Policeman Tuxedo
Nina Siemaszko ... Admiring Woman (as Nina Siemazko)
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Storyline

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture | See all certifications »

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France | Belgium | USA

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English | French

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty Spot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,878, 27 November 2011

Gross USA:

$44,671,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,432,856
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film makes use of Bernard Herrmann's love theme from Vertigo (1958) at a climactic moment, but this isn't the first time director Michel Hazanavicius has borrowed from Alfred Hitchcock. He also used visual and musical cues from Vertigo (1958) and from North by Northwest (1959) in his spy spoof OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009), also starring Jean Dujardin. See more »

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The dateline on the "WHO'S THAT GIRL?" edition of Variety reads, "LOS ANGELES, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1927," making it a rare triple blooper. In reality, that particular date fell on a Tuesday, not a Sunday. Additionally, the cost of a real-life Variety from September 7, 1927 was still 20 cents, so the date of September 6 on the prop paper is at odds with its emblazoned 25-cent price. Lastly, the Los Angeles version Daily Variety, with its square focus on the film industry, was not published until 1933 (coincidentally, on September 6). All prior editions had come from New York and were so labeled. See more »

Quotes

Doris: Why won't you talk?
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Crazy Credits

In the credit montages documenting Peppy Miller's rise to fame, in the movie where she plays a maid, the actor credited as playing "Mr Rogers" is "Jack Offman." See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.60 (2011) See more »

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Fantastically Entertaining Film!!!
25 October 2011 | by Jester90210See all my reviews

I go to a lot of screenings and it is rare that once the credits roll I feel satisfied. One or more of the elements of most films just don't work together to create a feeling that you have been thoroughly entertained.

I am happy to say that this film DELIVERS! The acting is superb, the chemistry between all of the actors is sizzling, the comedy is absolutely hilarious, the storyline grips you and never lets go, the music is superb, and you feel emotionally connected with the characters and story.

If you check my previous reviews, you will see that I am most often moved to write a review when a film was really bad, but this film caught me completely off guard and I just had to express my overwhelming satisfaction with this filmmaking experience.

I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to try and finance a period film with two stars who were not well known outside of their own country. I am just overjoyed that it all came together. This is how film should make you feel when you leave the theater - entertained! To the entire production team - BRAVO!!


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