Something I can't wait to see........


The much anticipated arrival of The Artist to the main screen is finally here! Premiereed at the Canne film festival last year, the film has already been nominated for 6 Golden Globe awards and has received wide praise from critcs. Peter Bradshaw in his review in The Guardian claims 'This witty and moving homage to the silent movie era is one of the most purely enjoyable movies in years'.

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius,The Artist is a French romance set in Hollywood between the late 20's and early 30's. The story focuses on a declining male film star and a rising actress during a time when silent cinema was rapidly becoming unfashionable and was being replaced by the talkies. Filmed in black and white much of the film itself is silent paying homage to the era it portrays.

Judging by the trailer the film looks brilliantly exectued and I really haven't been this excited about seeing a film since....well I'm not sure when! It's interesting to see that although people strive to create new ways and mediums of telling stories we always seem to come back round to the old ways, re-inventing them and bringing them to new audiences. Just as there are only supposed to theoretically be 7 types of stories in the world that everything is based on I guess the same is true of the way in which you tell a story. There are no new ideas - you can only reinvent something that already exists and stamp your own identity on it.