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Free Ticket Giveaway: Screening of “The Artist”

November 9, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Q&A screening of the film with director Michel Hazanavicius will take place Thursday, November 10 at 7pm at AMC River East.

If interested, write us today at First 50 respondents will receive admit-2 passes (you may request a 4-pass as well.


Hollywood, 1927.  George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is one of Hollywood’s reigning silent screen idols, instantly recognizable with his slim moustache and signature white tie and tails. Starring in exotic tales of intrigue and derring-do, the actor has turned out hit after hit for Kinograph, the studio run by cigar-chomping mogul Al Zimmer (John Goodman).  As he happily mugs for a rapturous fans and reporters at his latest film premiere, George is a man indistinguishable from his persona — and a star secure in his future.

For young dancer Peppy Miller (Bérénice Béjo), the future will be what she makes of it. Vivacious and good-humored, with an incandescent smile and a flapper’s ease of movement, Peppy first crosses George’s path at his film premiere and then as an extra on his latest film at Kinograph.   As they film a brief dance sequence, the leading man and the newcomer fall into a natural rhythm, the machinery of moviemaking fading into the background.   But the day must finally end, sending the matinee idol and the eager hopeful back to their respective places on the Hollywood ladder.

And Hollywood itself will soon fall under sway of a captivating  new  starlet: talking pictures.   George wants  no part of the new technology, scorning the talkie as a vulgar fad destined for the dustbin.  By 1929, Kinograph is preparing to cease all silent film production and George faces a choice: embrace sound, like the  rising  young star Peppy Miller; or risk a slide into obscurity.

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.  Mixing comedy, romance and melodrama to tell a story set at an epochal moment in movie history, THE ARTIST is itself an example of the form it celebrates: a black-and-white silent film that relies on images, actors and music to weave its singular spell.

The Weinstein Company presents THE ARTIST, written and directed by Michael Hazanavicius and produced by Thomas Langmann.  Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Béjo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Bitsie Tulloch, Ken Davitan and Malcolm McDowell.   With Uggie as The Dog.


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