Saw an early screening of “The Artist” tonight and it’s my favorite film so far of 2011. The lead actor Jean Dujardin needs a Best Actor nomination, although I would give an award to the dog, too. The director, Michel Hazanavicius (whose other films I now need to get from Netflix immediately) told the audience that at first he wanted to remake “The Invisible Man” until he realized that making a silent film with an invisible protagonist was a really BAD idea.
Enjoy this podcast of the Q&A which followed the screening between host Jeff Goldsmith and writer/director Michael Hazanavicius. It’s fascinating.
And here’s the trailer!