In the 1920s, Hollywood experienced the transition from silent film to sound film. For some of the stars of the time, it turned out very wrong, as we could recently see Damien Chazelle's Babylon. That transition is also at the heart of Michel Hazanavicius' French The Artist, a brilliant ode to silent film, made stylistically in black-and-white and without dialogue. It earned him numerous awards, including five Oscars.
Hollywood, 1927: George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is handsome, charismatic and a very good dancer. He is the big star of the "silent" film. However, when the sound film makes its appearance, George's career goes down the drain. Booze and poverty get him into further trouble. Instead, the career of rising young actress Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) shoots up like a rocket. She helps George return to the silver screen and encourages him to become a dancer. Together, they try to find their way to the top.