A monochrome masterpiece and silent cinema’s salvation
It’s been a while since silent movies were something to shout about. That all changed in 2011, though, when The Artist proved that a black and white film with basically no dialogue could still rivet in the 21st century.
Much of its success hinged on French actor Jean Dujardin, whose charismatic turn as washed up movie star George Valentin infused The Artist with a little old school suave. Along with co-star Bérénice Bejo, he ensured that the physical comedy made us both laugh and cry.
Of course the film would be nothing without Uggie the dog, too. His fourth film appearance (he also had a role in Water For Elephants) nabbed the Jack Russell the Palm Dog Award at Cannes.