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From California to Lyon, France: living & studying abroad…and coming back!

French Movie: The Artist

This movie, done in the style of a classic silent black & white film, has gotten lots of buzz both here in France and in the States, which is something that doesn’t happen very often (mainly because I think when people hear “foreign film”, especially a “French foreign film”, they usually run away!)

Set in Hollywood, CA in the late 1920s and the 1930s, the movie explores the death of the silent film and the rising fame of “talkies”, or films with sound. The movie focuses on Jean Dujardin’s character (George Valentin), a silent film star, and Bérénice Bejo’s character (Peppy Miller), a rising star of talkie films, and how the circumstances of the time affects their careers, minds, and goals.

It’s really quite good — don’t be put off by the silent film style of the movie! It works quite well with the story and the underlying socio-cultural message of the movie (if you want to take it to that level!), and if you see it, you’ll know why.

The actors are mainly francophones, but if you’re an anglophone you might be able to read their lips when they talk, because it’s all in English…which was quite enjoyable for me because it’s always fun to try to guess what people are saying!


Here’s the trailer:

And the little doggie stealing the spotlight on Ellen:

Anddd a funny clip, created by, featuring Jean Dujardin:

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This entry was posted on February 15, 2012 by in French & Francophone Movies.
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