The Weinstein Co. recently acquired Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist in advance of its Sunday, May 15 press screening here in Cannes, and now is your chance to get an early peek at their investment. Perhaps what’s most curious about the pickup is that The Artist is not only a black and white film presented in 1.33:1, but that it’s also a silent film set in 1927. Not too many of those going around these days are there?
The story centers on Georges Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent movie star who seems blessed. He is handsome, athletic and an excellent dancer. The arrival of the talkies causes Georges to fall into oblivion, alcohol and poverty. As for the young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), her star shoots to the heavens. The film co-stars John Goodman, Missi Pyle, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller.
I’ve added the trailer directly below, let me know what you think and I’ll be letting you know what I think after I see it on Sunday.