Want to see something interesting that hasn't been in a while? Try this: a black-and-white silent movie. Directed by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin (a partnership forged through their collaboration on OSS 117 films), The Artist is a throwback to old Hollywood aesthetics that aims to inspire nostalgia about the film industry’s early days. Dujardin plays a movie star whose popularity is slowly fading away; as his stat power decreases, he meets an up-and-coming actress primed to be his replacement atop the showbiz throne.
The trailer, unfortunately, seems to give away the whole film. In America, where audiences are often dismayed by the simple idea of reading subtitles while watching a movie, this sort of foreign, dialogue-written-across-the-bottom-of-the-screen flick might not cause an immediate rush at the box office. However, The Weinstein Company has purchased the rights, and critics are already curious of what a modern-day silent film will look like. So what do you think?
The Artist will premiere this Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival; we’ll see whether or not the reviews are as exciting as the film's concept.