We talk to director Michel Hazanavicius about The Artist...
Michel Hazanavicius reveals to us when the idea for The Artist first arose, why he chose to cast Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo and how important is the film's prospect in the run up to the awards season.
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies.
Winner of the prize for Best Actor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist is a heartfelt and entertaining valentine to classic American cinema. Set during the twilight of Hollywood's silent era and shot on location in Los Angeles, The Artist tells the story of a charismatic movie star unhappily confrnting the new world of talking pictures. Mixing comedy, romance and melodrama, The Artist is itself and example of the form it celebrates: a black-and-white silent film that relies on images, actors and music to weave its singular spell.