Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller
This is a playful and lightly melancholic tale about Hollywood’s silent movie days. Set in the era when talkies were just beginning , George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent star of the silver screen. Vain is an athletic star that specializes in swashbuckling romantic adventures but also has an eye for the girls. At the premier of his latest movie, the married star takes a fancy to a pretty girl in the crowd, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo). George decides to give her a break with a small role in the forth coming Valentin silent production. The luddite, Valentin rejects the threat of talkies and despite encouragement from the Studios boss Al Zimmer (John Goodman), the actor continues in his doomed venture. Valentin’s failure is complete after his long suffering wife, (Penelope Ann Miller) leaves him and the stock market crashes. In deep despair trashes his personal effects and sets fire to the prints of his films. Overcome by the flames Valentine is eventually saved by his performing dog. All this at a time when Peppy Miller’s infectious youthful appeal rockets her to stardom. Will she abandon her defeated benefactor in his hour of need ? Well you need to see the movie to find out. Exquisitely made with winning performances this is a silent movie worth seeing.