Friday, February 24, 2017
What Ever Happened To...THE ARTIST?
I know it may not have appealed to the tastes of mainstream moviegoers, but I just loved THE ARTIST. It was innovative, smart, entertaining, surprising and bold filmmaking. Bold because it was a Hollywood-on-Hollywood story that took place in the 1920s, it was shot beautifully in black and white and it was mostly a silent film. When its French filmmaker won the Oscar for Best Director, he thanked the late Billy Wilder. THE ARTIST took home the Oscar for Best Picture of 2011. That's just a few years ago really. The handsome and talented French male star of THE ARTIST, Jean Dujardin, won the Oscar for Best Actor.
If you've never seen THE ARTIST, I recommend it. There's a touch of the SINGIN' IN THE RAIN in the storyline and Jean Dujardin is excellent as the vain movie star whose fortune and fame could fade in the wake of a new technology called "sound" that takes over Hollywood and triggers an abrupt end to the silent film era. He has to learn humility.
What ever happened to THE ARTIST Oscar winner, Jean Dujardin? I'd love to see him get some good Hollywood scripts that showcase his leading man skills like THE ARTIST did.