Meanwhile, the stock market crashes triggering the Great Depression and George Valentin loses his fortune falling on hard times. A new opportunity for Valentin in the movie business is handed down by Miller, who never stopped loving him.
While I don’t think this is a Wow movie, I did enjoy it very much. This is a silent movie from beginning to end; the product is nothing short of amazing. This is a delicate film in which acting, followed by a climatic musical score, plays a central role to deliver the story.
I have the opinion that an actor must be quite good to act in a silent film, because he/she has to convey his/her emotions using mimic. Many of today’s actors would have been lost portraying George Valentin and Peppy Miller in The Artist; fortunately, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo perform effortlessly and win our hearts in the process.
Jean Dujardin has a masculine appeal that reminds me of Omar Shariff, and he acts with the same emotional abandon.