From: Long Beach, CA USA
Registered: Dec 2008
posted December 31, 2011 10:02 PM
Winter Movie Wonderland took my wife and I to the theatre tonight to watch THE ARTIST. Being a silent movie fan I was anxious and a bit hesitant to see this movie. I can say that I really enjoyed it. I thought they used the silence for all of the right reasons (ie: to tell a story visually)and they even used sound very creatively. The actors did not ham it up too much and they even went with a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.......
The biggest thing I noticed about the film was how the theatre we saw it in could not handle the scenes that were actually silent.. The speakers are obviously calibrated for such loud volume that whenever there was absolutely no sound in the movie you heard a hum from all of the speakers.
-------------------- "You're too Far Out Miss Lawrence"
posted January 12, 2012 02:42 PM
Saw the trailer last week hope to see the film this weekend. Looked good from the trailer, and will be good for a change on a one off basis. For the trailer the side masking did not come in to the "square 'ish" ratio, think it might for the actual film, will be digital as the trailer was.
From: Europe Greece Athens
Registered: Jan 2009
posted January 12, 2012 03:20 PM
I also saw the film. It was a masterpiece!!! Great idea, great actors! It was the first time in the last few years that the audience was so quiet. In the absolute silent parts of the film, you did not hear anything. I couldnít believe it! The audience was all taken by the magic of the film. I wish I had this film in 16mm or s8mm. I hope that someone lucky will hold a copy of a 35mm in a drawer.
posted February 09, 2012 06:44 PM
Went to our local cinema this morning to watch it and really enjoyed it. Superb cast, excellent 35mm print and music "Kinoton projector" ...a real gem. Did anyone watch it on Digital? just curious as this "film" had the reel change cue dots "top right", very appropriate dont you think.
PS. It was in the news here of people in England complaining of the silent nature of the dialogue....idiots
From: The Projection Box
Registered: Nov 2006
posted February 10, 2012 03:26 AM
Itís been a real problem trying to find a cinema in our vicinity actually showing this film which I am dying to see so it must be real popular. Iíve given up looking now and will await the electronic disc delivery. Blast it!
posted February 10, 2012 04:33 AM
Yes saw it from digital at my local cinema, excellent quaulity. Do not know if the 35mm change over dots were there or not, doubt it but can't be certain. We enjoyed this novelty film. Back to change over dots do not think I notice them on up to date 35mm films, but do on older movies when shown. If a cinema is still using 2 35mm projectors do they need the visible markers still or are the changes done by electronics?
posted February 11, 2012 04:01 AM
As this film only came out this week the review in todays main city news paper was very good. One thing I forgot to add was how impressive the way it was filmed. The camera work was shot just like it was done in the silent era. The cast also looked to be having fun making this movie, John Goodman fitted the part of studio boss well, all in all a very enjoyable movie.
Quote from todays paper. "An artistic triumph, The Artist is an audacious and bravura nugget of cinematic gold".
posted February 11, 2012 07:11 AM
The film was released early october in France and we had to wait for a month to get a 35mm print as they were only a handful of them. When building up the print, I was a bit disappointed to discover that the film was pillarboxed in 1.85 as opposed to using the full frame. Granted, most mainstream cinemas no longer use 1.33, 1.37 and 1.66 (and most of them are digital) but since the prints were going to the older venues and arthouses, I was hoping the film would be in the real academic format. I screened it with the curtains in 1.37 masking, so it reinforced the illusion.
From: Sunland, CA, USA
Registered: Dec 2006
posted February 11, 2012 01:16 PM
I worked on a film Meek's Cutoff that was framed for both 1:33 & 1:85 and was screened 1:33 at some theaters. It's too bad they didn't think of that, but I think they wanted everyone to show it in that format. Here is the tech specs for the film:
From: Fairfield, OH, USA
Registered: Feb 2004
posted February 12, 2012 10:02 PM
I absolutely loved this film, much more so than I thought I would. Sure, I knew I would love the B+W and the time period etc, but this is an honest-to-goodness silent film as one would see it during the late 1920's. A great deal of work went into into it because they got it right. Not a parody. I also just loved that the film was in Academy aspect ratio instead of wide screen. The 4:3 ratio is so pleasing to watch because you see the entire image at once and closeups never looked better than in 4:3 Black and White.
From: Morecambe Lancashire England
Registered: Jun 2004
posted February 14, 2012 04:00 PM
I watched this tonight , it definately deserved the 7 BAFTAS it was awarded on Sunday night. Uggie the dog (a Jack Russell terrier) was the real star of the film. He won a Golden Collar Award for his performance on Monday night, awarded by Dog News Daily digital media. I noted the 35mm film print shifted to sepia in reel 3 and then back to black & white for the rest of the film ,was this for effect(anybody notice this on the digital presentation?)or a varient in the film print? It was nice to see change reel cue dots top right...a charming film.
From: The Projection Box
Registered: Nov 2006
posted March 01, 2012 05:10 AM
Finally got to see it on the big 35mm screen and what a beautifully crafted film it was with very imaginative use of sound. Liked it so much I went back to see it all over again!
posted September 02, 2012 06:32 PM
As a fathers day present my daughter bought me the dvd its excellent and is well worth getting. Its also available in blu-ray.
The special features are very interesting, and must get my hands on the brilliant soundtrack somewhere.
PS. Just thought I would add, that later in the movie a part of the track sounds like it came straight from Bernard Hermann music from Hitchock's "Vertigo" I wached that movie a few weeks ago. I guess its a bit of a tribute to the many composers from the past.
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