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7:30pm International Film Series: The Artist
May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
- Shown at International House Davis, 10 College Park, on first and third Friday nights, Sept. – May
- Sponsored by the UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF DAVIS and I-HOUSE
- There is no charge, but donations are welcomed and gratefully accepted to help cover the cost of DVD rental or purchase, facilities use, cups, plates etc. and the refreshments that are served at 7:30 p.m. Program begin promptly at 8.
May 19, 2017 The Artist (2011, France, U.S./Belgium, directed by Michel Hazanavicius, 100 min.)
This melodrama that won five Oscars is silent (except for accompanying music) and black and white. In the late twenties, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a Hollywood superstar of silent movies. After the premiere of his latest film, he poses for pictures and a fan, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) accidentally bumps into him. A photograph of the twosome appears on the front page with the question “Who’s That Girl?” When Peppy auditions as a dancer, Valentin spots her and gets her a part in his next movie. The advent of “talkies” sidelines Valentin and makes Peppy a major Hollywood star. While she becomes successful and famous, Valentin almost goes off the deep end, convinced he cannot handle a speaking role. Ultimately Peppy comes to his rescue and convinces studio boss John Goodman (Al Zimmer) to let them make a musical together, tap dancing instead of speaking. Important roles are played by James Cromwell as Clifton, the butler, and Uggie as Valentin’s talented dog Jack. The French film was shot entirely in Los Angeles and Hollywood and had a multilingual cast. (#415)