THE ARTIST(PG, 100 mins) 9/10
WRITER-director Michel Hazanavicius steps back to the early part of the 20th century, when handsome and romantically unattached screen idol George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is setting hearts aflutter.
On the set of his latest production, George meets aspiring starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) and he is smitten. With the advent of sound, George’s fortunes wane and Peppy’s star ascends into the stratosphere to the delight of cigar-smoking studio boss Zimmer (John Goodman). Fame is fickle and George and his trusty manservant Clifton (James Cromwell) fall on painfully hard times, with no obvious end to their misery.