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The Artist (2011)

Updated: Dec 9, 2023


Guest: Sarah Duncan


Plot Summary: In the 1920s, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and, what's more, it seems Peppy feels the same way. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress. The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George's career begins to fade while Peppy's star rises.


*Recognition: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Bejo), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, and Film Editing; Won for Best Picture, Director (Hazanavicius), Actor (Dujardin), Original Score, and Costume Design


What is this movie is about?: Finding your voice, accepting help, and getting over your own pride.


Best Performance: Jean Dujardin

Best Minor Performance: Uggie the Dog/John Goodman

Most Charismatic Award: Berenice Bejo/Jean Dujardin


Best Scene: Valentin's sound nightmare/Final Dance Number

Favorite Scene: Valentin's sound nightmare/Valentin and Peppy's First Scene

Most Indelible Moment: Valentin's sound nightmare


Best Line: None


Honorable Mention: None


Funniest Line: N/A


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 5.5

Impact/Significance: 6

Novelty: 9.75

Classic-ness: 7

Rewatchability: 4.5

Audience Score: 8.7

Total: 41.45


Remaining Questions:

  • Why did Peppy buy all of Valentin's belongings?

  • What possess people to have a massive portrait of themselves?

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