Director: Michel Hazanavicius. Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell. 100 min. Rated PG-13. France/Belgium. Drama/Romance.
Making a silent black-and-white feature film today is an incredible accomplishment in itself. Knowing this beforehand, I was also looking to see whether the film goes anything beyond its "cool" postmodern style. Well, it does. The 1930s switch from silent films to talkies and how actors struggled during the switch, is apparently a metaphor on how one should literally scream to survive. But the astonishing elements here are the soundtrack (actually performing the dialogue), and the casting of Dujardin and Bejo, whom you fall in love with from the very beginning. Interesting to know how they would do in "talkies".