‘The Artist’ trailer

Posted by · 12:47 pm · August 25th, 2011

Guy offered up the new poster for Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist” yesterday. Today we get a look at the trailer for the film, which played at Cannes, is set for Toronto and will more than likely pop up in Telluride, too. The first Gurus chart of the year had it very much in contention for a Best Picture nomination, so you can count this as one of the big possibilities of the upcoming season. Check out the trailer via Apple by clicking the image below or watch an embed after the jump. (But beware. It seems to me it lays out the whole damn story.)

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  • 1 8-25-2011 at 1:36 pm

    DukeD1989 said...

    Whats the score in the trailer during the later half? This looks fantastic, been anticipating it ever since all the praise I heard it receiving at Cannes.

  • 2 8-25-2011 at 1:43 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s from the Life of David Gale score.

  • 3 8-25-2011 at 1:55 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    I’m not the biggest fan of silent films (I know, I know I’m missing out on a countless number of great films) but ‘The Artist’ may be the one to break that trend. The score is gorgeous and I was thoroughly engaged throughout the trailer which hopefully translates to the film itself. Looking forward to it.

  • 4 8-25-2011 at 1:56 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Strange that they’re filching other music for the trailer when the film’s own score would do so nicely.

    The trailer is a little heavy on the exposition, but it’s not really a story that trades in surprises — it’s the most classical of arcs, so the chief pleasures lie in the execution.

  • 5 8-25-2011 at 2:27 pm

    Maxim said...

    This trailer reminded me of why I love “Purple Rose of Cairo” so-so much.

    I look forward to seeing this in the theater.

    This also brings up a question – in the battle of “charmers” which, do you think, will charm ’em more, the Artist or Midnight in Paris?

  • 6 8-25-2011 at 2:29 pm

    tony rock said...

    The Academy has the same problem as our country’s political sphere…always looking backward instead of forward. I can’t possibly root for this. Should we really indulge their conservative inclinations?

  • 7 8-25-2011 at 2:30 pm

    Maxim said...

    I should probably clarify my question a little bit. I was refering to the reception these films might have with the Academy and whether, in a movie competitive field this year, one can push the other out of the BP contention.

  • 8 8-25-2011 at 2:33 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    For some reason films hardly ever use their own scores in trailers. I mean if you’re going to use something else at least try and be creative like Social Network with Creep or Dragon Tattoo with Immigrant Song.

    Nothing is worse than when a trailer uses some popular Clint Mansell or John Murphy track. It makes me despise the entire trailer.

    Granted I love the two Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy trailers. I had forgotten how good The Wolf Man and X-Men scores were.

  • 9 8-25-2011 at 2:35 pm

    Maxim said...

    “always looking backward instead of forward. I can’t possibly root for this.”

    On the contrary, Tony, I believe it is your argument that’s inredibly BACKwards.

    You can’t possibly rule for it why? Just because it’s “old-fashioned” doesn’t mean it’s backward or conservative. Besides, when was the last time you’ve seen a movie like it made? I’m not saying it’s completely original cause it ain’t but compared to the legions of same-looking films this is cutting edge stuff.

  • 10 8-25-2011 at 2:37 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Maxim: I’d say The Artist has slightly more “weight”, in the relative scheme of things, than Midnight in Paris — with the added drawcard for voters that it’s expressly about their industry. (Plus it’ll be fresher in their minds, and it’ll have the force of Weinstein behind it. But ultimately I don’t think either is specifically a threat to the other.)

    Tony Rock: You could say that about any period piece, no? The trick lies in locating the present in the past, and I think The Artist does that rather neatly — particularly with regard to the theme of an ever-shifting artform.

  • 11 8-25-2011 at 2:47 pm

    Maxim said...

    Thanks for your take, Guy.

    And speaking of music in trailers/ads – it seems like Daft Punk may be the new Clint Mansell :D.

  • 12 8-25-2011 at 2:52 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Looks different than I had imagined. But I think it’ll be a winner (not literally, though, perhaps). Guy, I know there’s been talk of Dujardin. Who is the girl, and does she not factor in as much?

  • 13 8-25-2011 at 2:53 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    tony: That has to be one of the most wrong-headed assessments of ANYTHING I’VE EVER SEEN IN THIS SPACE.

    The role call of films that would cease to exist under your incredibly misguided view is also breathtaking.

    Unless, of course, you’d care to clarify and/or fine tune your currently broad point.

  • 14 8-25-2011 at 3:05 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    JJ1: The girl is Argentinian actress Bérénice Bejo, she’s a major presence in the film (virtually a co-lead) and she’s very good in it. I’ve been predicting a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her from the get-go, and to be honest, I’m surprised more people aren’t doing the same.

    (I’ve also heard a rumour that she was Kirsten Dunst’s closest competition in the Cannes jury deliberations for Best Actress.)

  • 15 8-25-2011 at 3:15 pm

    Lucas said...

    Uhm, this is the French trailer, released ages ago, with English titles, references to Goodman and Cromwell removed (pity) and maybe a few other tweaks. Given the rabidity (I say that lovingly!) of the site’s readership, it strikes me as a touch odd that the footage is new to a good chunk of you. Still, looks pretty amazing for my money. Hoping to catch it at TIFF!!

  • 16 8-25-2011 at 3:18 pm

    JCS said...


    I KNEW I’d seen it before… just couldn’t place it. Thanks for the clarification!

  • 17 8-25-2011 at 3:30 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Fascinating. Thank you, Guy. :)

  • 18 8-25-2011 at 3:38 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Yeah, I was fairly certain there was a trailer for this out already (non-US), and I even though it may have been posted on here around the time of Cannes.

    Also, this Dujardin guy keeps reminding me of Gene Kelly in some of the shots in the trailer.

  • 19 8-25-2011 at 3:41 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Lucas: I recognized that instantly. Alas, when it debuted via Apple, I posted it here.

  • 20 8-25-2011 at 6:10 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    That trailer gave me chills. The Artist was already one of my most anticipated, but it rivals or possibly tops We Need to Talk About Kevin for the #1 spot. Cannot wait.

    Also, up yours, Tony.

  • 21 8-25-2011 at 7:01 pm

    J said...

    My reactions and thought about the trailer:

  • 22 8-25-2011 at 7:03 pm

    Zack said...

    Similarly, why must movies promote dishonesty by making up stories? I demand that the only movies produced be documentaries. About the present or the future.

  • 23 8-25-2011 at 8:19 pm

    James D. said...

    Looks like it could be interesting, to say the least.

    I really want to watch OSS 117 now. I love those films so much.

  • 24 8-25-2011 at 10:08 pm

    Kevin said...

    Are the last three posts by Zack, DOTA and cctv camera china pure spam?

    Don’t seem relevant at all to this thread.

    I refuse to watch the trailer, but I am eagerly anticipating this film nonetheless!

    I wonder how long it’ll take to come down to Australia?

  • 25 8-26-2011 at 12:52 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    The others were spam, but I think you’re missing Zack’s dry little joke.

  • 26 8-26-2011 at 4:37 am

    JJ1 said...

    This may be about 5 months early, but …

    does anyone get a vibe/buzz/reaction/prediction/feeling that this movie could win the big one?

    It doesn’t seem like a ‘winner’, and I don’t think it could, but stranger things have happened?

  • 27 8-26-2011 at 7:39 am

    MattyD. said...

    Zack, I think we should go even further. Documentaries without narration and added bias. No talking heads, either, because their stories are unreliable. Could be fabricated! I just wanted to be presented with images of the most cutting-edge struggles filmmakers can document.

  • 28 8-26-2011 at 7:42 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Perfect! We present….The silent documentary film.

    How backwardly forward-looking of us.

  • 29 8-26-2011 at 3:07 pm

    Graysmith said...

    I can’t imagine this winning Best Picture (unless there’s a whole lot more to it that isn’t shown here, like him being captured by Nazis and spending the second half of the film surviving the holocaust), but it certainly looks interesting and something different from what we get these days.

  • 30 8-26-2011 at 3:40 pm

    DylanS said...

    I also have a hard time picturing this winning Best Picture. I have come around on it for major nominations (though I suspect it’s lack of name recognition will hurt it in some categories), I just can’t see it actually winning. I mean this in a slightly joking manner, but they haven’t gone with a silent film since “Wings”.

    I’m still very intrigued to see the film myself, though.

  • 31 8-26-2011 at 10:40 pm

    daveylow said...

    I was a bit skeptical about this but the trailer has sold me. I already have my ticket set in Toronto. I had bought a Visa Screening Room Weekend Pass and The Artist was included.

  • 32 8-26-2011 at 11:20 pm

    Cielo said...

    For some reason the lead woman’s makeup keeps taking me out of the universe, which seems otherwise picture perfect. She definitely has a very contemporary look.

  • 33 8-29-2011 at 3:35 pm

    Joe7827 said...

    Dumb question, but what can I say, I’m obsessed with these things… what will this be rated? It sounds like a G.

  • 34 12-11-2011 at 8:02 am

    Fabio said...

    Dear all,
    what is the score at the beginning of the trailer? I find it fascinating!

  • 35 1-19-2012 at 10:55 am

    MikeGeorgia said...

    What is the name of that great jazz song that the Artist trailer starts off with?

  • 36 2-23-2012 at 12:19 pm

    Evi said...

    I guess you mean “Sing, Sing, Sing” from Benny Goodman.