Silence at Cannes

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Not only is French director Michel Hazanavicius’ new film, The Artist, in black and white, it’s also a silent movie. But, the film is reportedly making a big noise reaction-wise at the Cannes Film Festival and is touted as a strong contender for the coveted Palme d’Or award.

The film was shot in Hollywood and stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a vain silent-movie star in 1927 whose career plummets with the advent of talking pictures.

American actors John Goodman and Penelope Ann Miller also star. (Source: iAfrica)

Some Screen Africa readers will recall that a similar plot was at the core of the classic 1952 musical, Singing in the Rain. They may also remember Mel Brooks’ 1976 comedy, Silent Movie which, as the title suggests, was silent.

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