The Artist script
The Artist (2011)
Synopsis: In the 1920s, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and, what's more, it seems Peppy feels the same way. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress. The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George's career begins to fade while Peppy's star rises.

7 EXT. AIR FIELD - DAY 7

The hero, the young woman and the dog come to a halt in the

Bugatti on the air field, by a telegraph pole whose wires

lead...to a watch tower.

In the watch tower, a radio receptor is vibrating. A soldier

approaches, listens and suddenly understands! He grabs hold of

his gun and goes out onto the air field, only to find the

fugitives! He tries to shoot at them as he draws closer, but

the hero manages to throw an airplane propeller at him, before

climbing inside where the woman and dog are waiting for him.

The airplane begins to move.

The soldier shoots.

The airplane is positioning itself on the runway, while the

soldier continues to fire!

The aircraft gains speed.

The soldier is still shooting, but too late, as the heroo pulls

back the joystick, and the airplane takes to the sky...

The soldier is furious, but the hero is all smiles as he looks

back towards the ground and shouts something.

Title card:
Free Georgia forever!!!

The airplane flies away into the evening sky.

8 EXT. AIRPLANE - NIGHT 8

A little later in the night, still at the controls, the man is

fighting not to fall asleep. Behind him, the women is sleeping,

the dog is lying in her arms. Suddenly she is awoken by

explosions happening close by! Pandemonium! The man doesn't

understand it either, he tries to pick up altitude, but quickly

notices that the explosions are in fact pretty and

inoffensive. He consults a calendar dial on the control panel

that shows it is July 14th, immediately understands, and

bursts into laughter.

Title card:
We’ve arrived, welcome to France!!!

4.

As the music picks up the tune of The Marseillaise, the

airplane flies away through the exploding fireworks...

The words "The End" appear on the screen.

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Michel Hazanavicius

Michel Hazanavicius is a French film director, producer, screenwriter and film editor best known for his 2011 film, The Artist, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards. more…

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