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Just saw The Artist last night in its second day in Charlottesville, Va. and found it charming and fun. It was pretty light weight, not what I would normally expect from an Oscar favorite, but then I haven't even seen an Oscar winning movie in the last thirty years. It's not going to replace Singin' in the Rain as my favorite movie about the era, but I liked the echoes of Doug Faribanks and John Gilbert in the character George Vallentin. It was cool to see an excerpt of the real Fairbanks doing a dive and roll over a cart in The Mark of Zorro. I don't know why it would not inspire interest in silents among audiences. My wife loved it, and although she's initiated into comedy (she loves Chaplin and likes Keaton), she reads whenever I watch a silent drama. But when the music gets dramatic I catch her her looking up to watch for a while. Maybe The Artist won't shake any new silents loose from the major studios, but I don't see why it shouldn't from Criterion or TCM and the Warner Archive, where there are still several they can release immediately, already scored or with music on film.
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