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MrsBlue, notorious hater of movie theaters, surprised my last night by spontaneously announcing we needed to go see The Artist, the first Hollywood silent movie since, well, Silent Movie. It might seem like a lot of work for a modern audience to take in a silent flick, but the storytelling was effortless, and the movie was pretty magical. Oddly, over the past six years, I have seen exactly one best picture nominee before the Oscars every other year. Sadly, this isn't a predictor, as the ones I've seen are 50/50 at winning (Avatar lost and No Country for Old Men won).

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9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 22:20 Cutter
Max-Ray wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 22:03:
I think "The Artist" is a beautiful movie. If per chance you'd want to delve into other traditional silents, I'd recommend "The Black Pirate" because it is THE quintessential pirate move and "Wings" as its the first Best Picture Oscar winner - and the flying sequences are pretty spectacular. Anything from Chaplin is exceptional. For flat out comedy, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd can't be beat.

Agreed. I watch a ton of TCM and some of those old silents are just brilliant.
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