Love Lights Up the Darkness in ‘The Artist’ Poster

The Artist is kind of the same storyline as Singin’ in the Rain, only with more mustaches.

George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent film actor who laments the rise of talkies. There’s also a love story going on (as one can pretty easily surmise from the below poster) between Valentin and dancer Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), which can only come to fruition in empty black voids.

The big twist here: the film, like the classic films it revolves around, is itself a silent, black and white movie. Not exactly the biggest sell for modern audiences, but The Artist had major buzz when it premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and could easily nab a few Oscar nominations by year’s end. The film has yet to find a U.S. release date, but expect it sometime this winter.

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Source: In Contention

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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