As a film student, getting to meet professional actors and directors is greatly inspirational for me. I recently got the opportunity to meet the writer and director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, and one of the actresses from the film, Berenice Bejo. They were speaking at an event that my film class attended, during which we had the opportunity to ask them questions and analyze their film The Artist. The most exciting part for me was to hear about the reasons for making the movie and what Michel and Berenice gained from it.
The Artist came into the world of cinema at a very interesting time. In the twenty-first century most people think of hit movies as comedies, action movies with more violence than plot and romantic “chick flicks”. However, if you say the term silent film people generally think of old movies made in the early 1900s. Yet The Artist is a one of a kind film, as it is a silent film released in 2011 instead of 1920. It was brave of Michel to release such a unique film into an arena of very modern films. I think this movie in particular really gets to the core of classic filmmaking. It’s not about violent action or intense dialogue; it’s about images and emotion. To me, the images of films are what separates them from books and what makes them so unique. The emphasis on imagery and using it to tell a story without dialogue is what makes The Artist so special. Continue reading