Monday, December 5, 2011
This is a Rough Fractals guest post written by David Engel. David is a friend of Rough Fractals and the author of the McGraw Hill Guide to World Literature. He sent his interpretation of the recently released movie, The Artist, over the transom.
The Artist is a 2011 French-American film directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The film is itself a silent film and in black-and-white. The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on a declining male film star and a rising actress, as silent cinema grows out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered.
Below is David's take on it which I really like: (spoiler alert - you might want to see the movie before reading this so as to come at the movie without any preconceived notions (or knowing certain plot developments ahead of time). Watching it is a little like eating those fizzy-popping-exploding-in-your-mouth candies for the first time. You might want your brain taste buds unsullied. So if you like, bookmark this, go see it and then read this.)