The Artist

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Silence is golden in the case of Michel Hazanavicius’s gorgeous black and white silent film The Artist.

The film charts the rise and fall of a dashing actor against a backdrop of tumultuous change in a bygone era of Hollywood.

In 1927, The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson changed movie-making forever by successfully combining images and sound.

Writer-director Hazanavicius steps back in time to that pivotal year, when handsome and romantically unattached screen idol George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is setting hearts aflutter.

His films are greeted with rapturous applause and sell-out crowds. Female fans clamour for his autograph.

On the set of his latest production, George meets aspiring starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) and he is smitten.

With the advent of sound, Peppy’s star ascends into the stratosphere, while George and his trusty manservant Clifton fall on painfully hard times, with no obvious end to their misery.

The Artist replicates film-making techniques of the past to create a warm, witty and swoonsome romance that will charm and beguile modern audiences.

The Artist is showing at the Odeon Kettering today at 1.15pm, 3.45pm, 6.15pm and 8.45pm.