Brits walk out over lack of dialogue in ‘The Artist’
The Artist has already won three Golden Globes (including one for best musical/comedy), but the perky comedy is also causing quite a stir in the United Kingdom.
According to reports, moviegoers are walking out of cinemas and demanding their money back after discovering the French film has no sound and the screen is smaller. A spokesperson for Odeon Liverpool One confirmed “it has issued a small number of refunds to guests who were unaware that The Artist was a silent film”.
Written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist has no dialogue, just subtitles. The film was purposely reduced to a smaller screen size to give it a more authentic, silent movie feel.
The Artist tells the story of silent star George Valentin (played by Jean Dujardin) whose career is destroyed by the “talkies”. The film is nominated for 12 BAFTAs and is tipped to dominate next month’s Academy Awards.
Check out the trailer after the jump.