The Artist

Synopsis: An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Original Story by: Michel Hazanavicius


The letters of the titles come up on a title card typical of the 1920s. Elegant motifs around the edge of the frame, and, in the background, there are geometrical shapes reminiscent of the light beams of a film première. Behind is a stylized town. The titles end in a fade to black. On black, the date appears on the screen: 1927


In a "futuristic" 1920s laboratory, a man in tail coat and bow tie is being tortured. Ultrasound is being piped into his ears. It's incredibly painful! He's screaming.

Title card:

I'm not telling! I won't talk!!!

His torturers, cold men of science in white coats, gradually increase the volume. The pain seems unbearable, the volume reaches level 10 (maximum), the man passes out!



Guards wearing long leather overcoats throw the man into a cell!

As the man is lying there on the ground, a dog wiggles

through the bars at the window. The dog, a Jack Russell,

jumps on top of the man - visibly his master - and begins to

lick his face. The man opens one eye! When he sees his dog,

he can't help cracking a smile...

The man, now on his feet, looks in pain. Despite the pain, he

motions to his dog who begins to bark in lively fashion.

Outside the cell, the guard looks curious about the noise. He goes to the door, opens the spy flap and finds himself face to face with the man, eye to eye just a couple of inches apart! The man moves his eyes in such a way that he hypnotizes the guard! Superimposed on the screen: a spinning black and white spiral, until the dazed guard take his keys, opens the door and releases the man and his dog.


The man (the hero, thus) imprisons the guard without harming him, then runs over to the guard's desk. His ears are still causing him pain, but he opens a drawer and takes out his belongings: a top hat which he snaps open, and a mask, which he puts over his head to conceal his eyes.

We catch up with the masked man walking down corridors. He suddenly stops, copied by his dog who follows him like his shadow. The man, on his guard, has spotted another guard where two corridors meet.

With a look, he orders his dog to move forwards into the guard's line of sight. The guard looks over at the animal. Using his fingers, the hero pretends to shoot his dog. The dog collapses, plays dead. The guard, increasingly curious, gets to his feet. He slowly approaches the motionless dog. When he comes close he is attacked from the side by the hero, who quickly puts him out of action with a mere punch!

The masked man then rushes to another cell, and releases a young female prisoner. She too is wearing evening dress. As she is thanking him he staggers and clutches his ears in pain. She's concerned.

Title card:

Can I help you in some way?

He refuses.

Title card:

No. I don't get helped. I give the help around here.

He composes himself. She casts him an admiring glance. in view of the urgency of their situation, they escape run.



Then, at a

They come out of a house that is lost in the hills, climb into a Bugatti sports car that the man starts by rubbing two wires together, and speed off.



The car speeds along the road. Its occupants turn round to check they aren't being followed.



The guard who got knocked out picks himself up, realizes what's happened and dashes over to his office. He grabs a radio emitter and begins sending a message.


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 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.

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Michel Hazanavicius

Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film Mes amis (1999), which featured his brother Serge Hazanavicius. His next feature film, spy parody, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) was a success at the French box office, and warranted a sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009), which was also a hit. Hazanavicius came to the attention of international audiences with the release of an almost wordless film, The Artist (2011), which starred his wife, Bérénice Bejo and OSS 117 star Jean Dujardin. The film was a critical and popular hit, garnering many major nominations and awards. more…

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