SF Gate - 'The Artist' review: a great, and new, silent film

SF Gate - In many ways - in all ways - "The Artist" is a profound achievement. A silent movie - or rather, a sound film with a music soundtrack - it evinces such mastery of form that it could easily be mistaken for a real classic. Set in 1927, the movie is so meticulous it doesn't just look like a silent film but one from that specific year. In its cutting, its degrees of light and shadow and its contrasting hues of black and white, it is a product of serious study, honest appreciation and love.

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