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The dazzling Jean Dujardin
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Bit of trivia: back in early ’80s my mom had vast VHS collection of old movies that my aunt in California used to send over. That’s because my mom had a home-based Betamax business back then—she supplied movies to rental stores at Virra Mall.
My summer job was to edit TV commercials from the tapes and got paid Php 15 per tape I edited—not bad 🙂

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I used to logged in all the movies I watched in a planner. I would watch 3-4 movies/day on average in the summer and whatever I could watch the rest of the year. I must’ve seen 2,000 movies during that period of time.
I loved Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Audey Hepburn, James Dean, Montgomery Clift, Lana Turner, and all that.
During the mid ’80s when Imelda Marcos had her Manila International Film Fest, they would show all these foreign movies on TV and I lapped them all up.

I don’t consider myself a movie snob, in fact I also love Tagalog movies from the time of Susan Roces and Jose Mari Gonzalez, to the time of Dina Bonnevie, Sharon Cuneta, Ruffa, Aiko and Carmina. I’m not picky but I am also jaded.
These days it’s hard for me to fall in love with a movie, because many times I can predict the plot, the next line or the outcome, especially in Tagalog movies.

I was disappointed in the movies nominated in this year’s Oscars—up until last night when I slept very late watching Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist.
At first I didn’t want to see it when Grace said it was a silent movie. I couldn’t imagine sitting through something that sounded like a long art film.
But last night I was in bed at 1:30 AM and didn’t want to sleep. The Artist was sitting in my downloads folder. I thought of starting it. If I got sleepy I could just watch it in doses. But I wanted to see it because it won the most awards in the 2012 Academy Awards.

The Artist

It had me right from the opening credits.
The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, about the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, just when silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies. (Wiki)
That is all you need to know.

The Artist

As a lover of fashion, cinema, and nostalgia, I was dazzled by the costumes, the set design, the story and most of all, the character George Valentin, played by multi-awarded French actor Jean Dujardin.

Check out all his awards for this particular role:
• Academy Award for Best Actor
• AACTA International Award for Best Actor
• BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
• Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award[15]
• Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
• Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award
• Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
• Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
• London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
• Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
• Santa Barbara International Film Festival Cinema Vanguard Award
• Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
• Étoile d’Or Award for Best Actor
• Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screen Couple (with Bérénice Bejo) (Wiki)

The Artist

No wonder George Clooney predicted the Best Actor speech would be delivered in French when he was interviewed on the Red Carpet at the Oscars.
The role of George Valentin, while any actor’s dream, isn’t something just anyone could portray.
First of all, Jean Dujardin had the right face and facial expressions, even the correct hairline for the era. Second, his smile is so sincere and disarming, it just makes your heart melt. Third, he can dance.
At first I couldn’t stand the looks of the actress who plays Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), but she actually grew on me as the film progressed.

The Artist

Won’t say any more except if you love cinema and have the patience to watch an almost silent movie, don’t miss this one.
I couldn’t take it for the first 15 minutes and then I got over it and saw the most amazing thing I have seen in a very long time.

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when i saw jean dujardin’s face while watching the oscars, naloka kami ni melvin sa kagwapuhan nya! his face is so old hollywood gwapo! as in lalaking lalaki-gwapo. yun lang 🙂

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NEXT!

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Jojoloco

idk but I really dont like it. Maybe because i’m 18 and not fond with this kind of movies. And I am really disappointed that Rooney Mara didn’t win as the Best Actress. She did great in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Better than Streep in Iron Lady.

Ms. C pano ba namimili ng winner yung Oscars? Baka po kasi biased-panelists. I mean same age lahat ng mga judges kaya ganun

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CVS Reply:

OMG. what a comment.

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Jude Lopez Mancuyas Reply:

NEXT!

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NEXT!

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My hubby already downloaded The Artist since last week…but we are reluctant to watch and afraid not to like an Oscar Best Picture =( My gay friend said he cried while watching the movie…We’ll try to watch this weekend.

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I love your summer job, Ms. C. 🙂 Like you, I grew up loving old movies, especially those starring Gloria Romero (my favorite actress of all time) and Nida Blanca (my 2nd favorite) that were shown on RPN9 or Channel 13 during weekday afternoons. I miss those movies. They still had twists and turns and the villains, while still being “villaiinous” still managed to not be too one-dimensional in their portrayals.

PS. Buhay pa yung Betamax machine in the peechur? 

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CVS Reply:

nope 🙂 i google images yan

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omnesia Reply:

 “What’s Betamax, mama??” #bimbiproblems

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denise savalle

Berenice Bejo was amazing! Since The Artist came out here in France, everybody was like Dujardin this, Dujardin that. Good for her that she won the Best Actress award by the French Oscar. 🙂

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My mom also wanted to watch this, but as soon as I told her it was a silent movie she’s like “Really?..I thought it was just in black and white?” hihi..katawa Also, I love James Dean. He’s so gwapo. There used to be this guy in Phils., an actor, they called him “James Dean of the Philippines”. He’s so gwapo too. His name is Lou Salvador Jr. He’to oh, http://video48.blogspot.com/2008/03/stars-of-60s-4-lou-salvador-jr.html I kinda have a thing for classic movies talaga, but only a few I’ve actually watch and it’s so long ago pa. I wish all of them are available in the… Read more »

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Somewhat off-topic, does anyone know if any stores in the Philippines sell those old B&W movies from LVN and Sampaguita? On a few forums before, I read that Powerbooks was selling those DVDs. There was also a “CineFilipino” mentioned as well as “Unitel”. Tapos wala na. 🙁 I really want to collect those old movies from the 50s up to the 90s. It’s also unfortunate that most of the indie films don’t get released on DVD. 

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Right after the Oscars, Pathe (the local cinema chain) screened it at the Tuschinski theater in Amsterdam, which was built in the silent movie era (1927). The theater was packed considering it was a Tuesday last full show. Kinilabutan ako during the first scene (the movie premiere) because I felt like I was sitting in the same theater. Perfect setting for a beautiful film, made it one of my best moviegoing experiences ever.

Photo of the Tuschinski theater here: https://twitter.com/#!/currystrumpet/status/174581053141426176/photo/1

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CVS Reply:

so cool. sana you wore white opera gloves 🙂

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question: is it like how on the trailer where there are sound effects and background music and just no dialogue? or completely silent save on some parts? thanks [Reply]CVS Reply:March 6th, 2012 at 2:07 AMit’s just like the trailer. there’s music and silent dialogue, but you can read some of the lines, like in old movies [Reply]Lovesjosephpascual Reply:March 6th, 2012 at 4:37 PMoh ok. thanks 🙂 another question if you dont mind. what does “to edit TV commercials from the tapes” mean? what do you actually do with it? tia [Reply]CVS Reply:March 6th, 2012 at 5:01 PMthe movies were taped from… Read more »

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njmanang

Last year before the Artist came out I saw a funny french spy movie in Showtime – OSS 17: Cairo. I loved it, DVRed it : ) So I was pleasantly surprised that the lead in the movie are the same ones in the Artist. I recommend it if you liked their acting. The spy movie is a comedy in french so subtitled.

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