Saturday, May 28, 2011

Silent Film Talk of Cannes

The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean flick with Penelope Cruz joining Johnny Depp received the early headlines from the Cannes Film Festival, and Terence Malick's Tree of Life won the Palme d'Or grand prize. Still, the movie getting the biggest boost is The Artist, a black & white silent film. Though it's a French production, the cast includes John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller & Malcolm McDowell. The Hollwood Reporter has this take on it: "A beguiling tale about Hollywood’s silent movie days that is itself silent, this made-in-L.A. French feature will charm cinephiles with its affection for one of the movies’ golden ages... Filmed on studio stages as well as on old Hollywood streets, The Artist evinces unlimited love for the look and ethos of the 1920s, as well for the style of the movies. The filmmakers clearly did their homework and took great pleasure in doing so, an enjoyment that is passed along in ample doses to any viewer game for their nifty little conceit."
The Artist: Cannes Review
Todd McCarthy

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