What can you expect from cinema these days? Sounds? Voices? Long dialogues? Too long dialogues? Monologues? Too long monologues? How much of the actor’s job is his voice, his intonation? Well, in 2011, I think these make a lot of difference… But not if you make a mute movie in the same year!
“The Artist”, made by Michel Hazanavicius, the 2nd movie I saw during the Amsterdam Film Week depicts the struggle of an actor that did not want to talk. Of course, the movie follows the normal curve: the peak of fame, the decisive moment when pride steps in, the fall, the near-death experience, the pride’s last struggle and the second rise. But, the movie is not about that: it’s about giving back the importance to the picture, not the words. How many of us haven’t been watching movies just by listening? Although the soundtrack made by Ludovis Bource is amazing (which you can sample below), this movie is very expressive through the eyes of the characters and their small gestures.