A great artist is always before his time or behind it.

by cecylia on June 22, 2012

Not since high school have I watched a Silent Film. Not voluntarily anyway. But last night we headed to the Jam Factory to view the 5 times Academy Awarded film, The Artist, with equal dose of curiosity and doubt. Curiosity because a good friend recently gushed about the movie but refused to spill anything (good friend indeed), and doubt because I doubted that I would stay awake in it. I was awarded ‘Best Snoozer’ at uni because I fell asleep the most times during lectures. Dim lights, warm ambience and monotonous voices, my head always automatically reclined on friends’ shoulders… until the loud bang of the lecturer’s baton on my desk woke me from sweet slumber…

But not in The Artist. Despite ample help from the comfy recliner chair in Gold Class and 2 glasses of Sauv Blanc beforehand, neither of my usual accomplices succeeded to induce me into a post-prandial coma. The Artist was that good. Set in the glamorous 20s and 30s, ladylike and demure dressing complete with sequinned flapper dresses, sweet cloche hats and leather gloves resonated with the vintage lover in me. As did the art deco furnishings and the gentlemenswear complete with bowties, fedoras and waistcoats.

The hero actor was so dashingly handsome that every time he smiled, I found myself smiling back. And the loyal pooch, whose fierce intelligence and utmost devotion convinced me that it was a human actor trapped in fur. But the one who moved me both to cacophonous laughter and water-fall tears was the beautiful female protagonist. She rose to fame from obscurity, embodied such amazing kindness and passion, had a penchant for fur and flowers, and a delicious bob to boot. I related to her immensely because of these simlarities and the fact that I worked as an extra too!

The Artist explores the contrasting themes of love and abandonment, highs and lows of stardom, and the way how drastically lives can change with the smallest opportunities. My favourite (silent) quote from the film was ‘To be a good actress, you have to be different‘, or something to that effect. Words of wisdom especially for a blogger. The move uplifted, invigorated and moved me. To laughs, to tears, and to write this post for you.

Thank you Nuffnang and Village Roadshow Films for having us. We cannot recommend this fabulous movie enough!

I hope you are having an amazing weekend, relaxing to the full, raiding the Net-a-Porter sale, watching this trailer and having a squiz on Facebook for a surprise I have in store for you…

{ 30 comments }

Mica June 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Love the review of the movie! I’m not sure how I would cope with a silent movie either, but that cute dog has almost sold it for me! :)

cecylia June 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

I know he was the BEST dog actor ever!

A's Fashion Files June 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Definitely LOVED The Artist. It was one of the movies I had to see by myself (I often do that because I want to see so many movies that no one wants to see!) and I loved it. I was really entertained even through it was silent. And the couple is so beautiful!!!
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Allison
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cecylia June 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

aww you have great taste! I’m so glad that you’ve seen itr and loved it. Agreed- I cant believe how engaged I was despite the lack of dialogue!

Marisa June 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I have not seen The Artist, but sounds like I need to now? The images are amazing. I have always been a fan of classic style. And thank you for stopping by my blog!

Marisa
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Arika June 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Answering to your question..
I bought the cake in Indonesia. I think it is only available there as it is now trending in Indonesia…
Well if you want to bake it yourself you can search online in google with the keyword.. “How to make rainbow cake” and there will be many articles on that because that cake is called rainbow cake.
However do you wanna follow each other?
Follow me, tell me & I’ll follow back dear :)

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Francesca R June 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I’d love to see this movie too!!

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The Dainty Doll's House June 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I want to see this, it looks beautiful!! xx

Joana Gomes June 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I hope you are right (regarding my thriving). I read recently that contacts and networking may get you a job, but only hard work will keep you there. I think this is true and I really need to prove my worth in every place I go.

These photos are amazing, they remind me of Humphrey Bogart’s movies, very sophisticated and classy. I love film noir hehe.

Duapara June 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for visiting, I have not seen the movie, but surely there must be great, I like the glamorous 20s and 30s, great pictures!! I really love your header!!!!
I wonder if you would like to follow Each Other
I am following you now!
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cecylia June 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

thank you the header is meant to be my chihuahua and I :D

NaNa June 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Wow this has made The Artist definitely more appealing. It actually looks like a great film. Well made and wonderfully acted. One of those films.

Love from the NANA girls xoxo

cecylia June 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm

it won SO many awards at Cannes! Great film!

Leonor June 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I have never seen this movie! but now I know I must watch it!! oficially in my to do list!:)

Leonor
thesparklinglemon.blogspot.com

cecylia June 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

definitely!! SO should it is BRILLIANT!! A must-see for fashion lovers too!

http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/ June 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Beautiful photos and great post :) I totally agree with you :)

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http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/ June 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Beautiful photos and great post :) I totally agree with you :)

Nathalie June 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hi Cecylia!
Thanks for your comment!! You have great style!!
Love the photo of the dog.. CUTE!!

Love,
Nathalie
http://www.styllist.blogspot.com

cecylia June 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm

thank you, isn’t the dog cute?

Mariana June 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

i’ve never seen it, but i’m not sure i would like it just because it’s a Silent Movie :x

cecylia June 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

that’s the thing! I didn’t think I’d enjoy it either but it was AMAZING!!

Girl In Oslo June 24, 2012 at 12:57 am

Hi .
Thanks for visiting, and wow what a great blog you have :)

Gorgeous post, and photos…

Have a great evening from Oslo

Bri June 24, 2012 at 1:08 am

great movie! I was reluctant to watch a silent movie too, but I loved it…

thanks for visiting my blog :)

Amy June 24, 2012 at 3:21 am

I love the first picture

cecylia June 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

you should see the scene in the movie- it was breathtakingly beautiful! The acting was superb!

Fashion R&D June 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

I haven’t seen this but now I need to! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog—wanna follow each other?

cecylia June 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

you HAVE to see it, in fact anyone who loves fashion should see it!

Lady à la Mode June 24, 2012 at 6:29 am

I LOVED the artist. It was so beautiful! I definitely cried just from how lovely it was. loved the costumes, the cast and of course that sweet dog!

xxx
http://www.ladyalamode.com

cecylia June 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

I know! The set and the costumes were so gorgeous!! Ah I want to adopt that dog :D

Nicola June 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thanks so much for the comment on my blog! would you like to follow each other? Let me know so I can follow back xx

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