A silent film set in the great depression, The Artist, features a successful actor, George Valentine, of the silent film era. A successful film career turns for the worse when the great depression hits and the actor refuses to participate in the new talking films which are now popular among the public. From riches to rags we follow the actor through his survival struggle through this difficult economic time. Meanwhile, we also get to see a young actress, Peppy Miller, an amateur dancer who scores a role as a dancer in one of Valentines movies then shoots to the top of the acting industry, eventually surpassing Valentine’s reputation in the new talkies.
I really enjoyed seeing this film. Since it was a silent film, I was forced to follow gestures mostly and use my imagination. The Artist, demonstrated to me the power of music and gesture. Music is a universal language and it is easy to gauge the mood of the film by the tone of the music. Also, the gestures made by the actors in the movie made it easier to understand the essence of what they were saying. Watching silent films really forces you to think to figure out what is going on. They don’t just tell you. I found it really interesting and I would recommend you see The Artist if you enjoy silent films.