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Silence is Golden

February 13, 2012

I was so pleased to see the wonderful film “The Artist” triumph at the BAFTAs last night.

"The Artist" UK theatrical poster

As well as Best Film it won Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin).

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"

It will be interesting to see how it fares at the Oscars on February 26th.  Curiously, if it should win Best Picture it will be only the second silent film ever to do so.  The other silent winner was “Wings” which won at the very first Academy Awards in 1927.

Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"

Berenice Bejo as Peppy Miller in "The Artist"

Berenice Bejo reading Variety in a scene from 2011 movie "The Artist"

“The Artist” is such a charming, warm, sensitive, funny film that it deserves the widest possible audience.  It looks gorgeous and is packed with exceptional perfomances and clever set-pieces like Berenice Bejo’s Chaplinesque encounter with a hat stand:

Berenice Bejo in the "hatstand" scene from "The Artist"

Many will argue that the real star of the film is Uggie the dog who does a magnificent job of stealing the scene on more than one occasion.

Uggie the dog from "The Artist"

The movie is also, I have to admit, GREAT for business.  I’ve already had several enquiries over the past few weeks from people looking to hold 1920s themed weddings and parties.  And why not?  The 20s is such an elegant, glamorous era and the songs in my repertoire are perfect for events big and small that take their inspiration from that decade.

One final thought.  At university I remember studying Frence “New Wave” cinema – could “The Artist” be classed as “Old Wave”?

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