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.

9 INT. WINGS MOVIE THEATER LOS ANGELES - NIGHT 9

From the moment they parked the car onwards, we become

absorbed by what's happening around the screening of end of

this film.

Behind the screen, we've seen the actor who plays the hero -

his name is George Valentin - closely studying the reactions

of the audience. He was standing close to his dog, motioning

to it not to make a noise. The dog's name is Jack.

In the same area, we've also seen the lead actress. Her name

is Constance Gray. She too looks tense and is latched onto

the arm of a pleasant-looking man who is chewing anxiously on

a cigar. The man looks rich, but a little weak. He's surely

the producer.

10 INT. MOVIE THEATER LOS ANGELES - NIGHT 10

In the house, much of the audience is open-mouthed, excited,

immobile and often wide-eyed.

In the pit, a symphony orchestra plays to accompany the film.

(9) Now that the film is ending, and the last note is

sounding, the cast anxiously awaits the audience's verdict,

which, after two or three seconds of silence, bursts into

thunderous applause, to the great joy of the actor and the

people around him, especially the actress and the producer,

who kiss each other on the lips.

Two theater hands bring down the curtain.

(10) The lights come on. George Valentin comes onto the stage

and acknowledges the audience, they are cheering for him. He

is so happy he dances a few tap steps to express his joy then

he acknowledges the orchestra before finally motioning to

someone in the wings to join him. Jack the dog trots over in

response. The crowd laughs and cheers, George waves to the

dog, Jack waves back then waves at the audience, the people

are loving it!

In the wings, Constance is fuming with rage, but on stage,

George is pretending with his fingers to pull at the dog, who

fakes death. Thunderous applause again.

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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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