A couple of months back I went to the Virgin Media Shorts Awards. It was a great evening with brilliant shorts to watch, music to dance to and photo booths to play with:
On top of all that we got goodies of delicious popcorn and two free tickets to any Picturehouse cinema. As someone who loves going to the cinema as often as possible this was a VERY exciting thing.
Due to not living super close to a Picturehouse cinema (one day I will) I had these tickets burning a hole in my purse for a while so when I found myself close to Brixton I got myself straight down the the Ritzy. The chosen film? The much anticipated silent film The Artist.
First things first, it is SO much more than just a silent film. Whilst there are similarities to 1930s silent films; with the words popping up every now and again when just body language doesn’t cut it and a perfectly composed score that brings you gently up and down as the mood changes, it is in fact a thoroughly modern homage to film making itself. The costumes are particularly fantastic in The Artist, especially the incredible flapper dresses worn by some of the dancers and the beautiful hats worn by Bérénice Bejo who plays rising film star Peppy Miller.
The Artist is light, witty and full of joy – total must-see. Need more of an incentive? This little guy is one of the stars of the show: