Comedy, Drama, Romance, Nouveau
1h 38 min
16th March 2012
Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and John Goodman
Directed by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, this Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated comedy drama evokes the silent era of film. Stylistically daring and dialogue-free, the film simply uses performances from the cast and an overlying music score to tell its tale.
The film stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a screen idol in Hollywood before the dawn of talking movies. Despite his popularity as a romance icon to women everywhere, his marriage is far from perfect, and one day, by chance, he meets ambitious chorus girl Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) and is immediately smitten.
However, while romance is definitely in the air, so is change, and as Peppy’s star begins to rise in the newly-invented talking picture world, George’s begins to dip as he is unable to make the change between the two mediums.