Silents, Please 

“The Artist” would make a great date movie, but is it an Oscar movie?

In the silent-era throwback “The Artist,” Jean Dujardin plays George Valentin, a tall, dark and handsome, swashbuckling, girl-getting, last-minute-saving matinee idol. With his confident, toothy smile, jet-black hair and excellent profile, he seems intended to come across somewhere between Douglas Fairbanks…

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