George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is at the height of his career in 1927 when THE ARTIST begins. While working the premiere of his new film, he accidentally bumps into a beautiful unknown, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), and the ensuing photo op sets her on the path to unexpected fame.
George, however, quickly finds himself on the opposite track, as sound begins to dominate the screens. At the same time, new It-girl Peppy finds herself at the forefront of the sound phenomenon. As her star status rises, she never forgets the man who gave her the start she needed; she resolves to help George in any way she can.
THE ARTIST tells a familiar story, reminiscent of classics like SUNSET BOULEVARD and A STAR IS BORN, but director Michel Hazanavicius and cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman breathe new life into an old tale. Above all, THE ARTIST offers a joyous look back to a golden age, and will leave audiences nostalgic for a cinematic form that, as Hazanavicius proves, hasn’t lost its resonance. --Michele Maheux