The Artist

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In Brief: A great deal of the appeal of The Artist is the pure novelty of the experience. It will probably be a lot of people’s first exposure to any silent film — at least as an entire feature-length movie — and in that respect, I suspect the film’s calculations are very shrewd indeed. Making it a movie about silent movies — and their demise — makes it feel authentic (even if it’s not very), as well as fun and nonthreatening. It doesn’t demand much of the viewer to get into a vibe that itself is based on the idea that silent movies are old-fashioned stuff, and that their quaintness is part of their charm. At bottom, it’s a silent movie for — and, I can’t help but feel somewhat by — folks whose idea of silent movies comes from Singin’ in the Rain (1952).” I can’t say this is a bad movie, but it seems more and more negligible to me. This excerpt was taken from a review written by Ken Hanke and published on Feb. 19, 2013.  
Genre: Comedy Drama
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller
Rated: PG-13

The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Artist, on Sunday Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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