Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist
manages the trick of being both fearlessly loyal to an era of cinema that's long since passed and one of the few original motion pictures of its own time.
The movie stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, one of Hollywood's biggest stars of the silent era. Although he’s stuck in a less-than-passionate marriage, he’s lucky enough to be surrounded by adoring fans, a loyal assistant (James Cromwell), and his devoted pet dog. George soon makes the acquaintance of aspiring actress Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), and eventually they shoot a short scene together for his new movie. But then Al Jolson makes The Ja...