Winner of five Academy Awards, including best picture, the silent black-and-white film “The Artist” was set at a time when American cinema was changing from silent films to the talkies. Movie star George Valentin (Best Actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin), attending the premiere of his latest film with his adorable dog, meets young actress Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), an extra on his next film. They share instant chemistry, one that carries through as Peppy’s star rises and George’s career falls apart with the advent of talkies. When George is let go by his studio boss (John Goodman), he decides to finance his own silent movie. It doesn’t work out, and we see and feel the sadness in his life.
This is an emotional and wonderful film, filled with humor, tenderness and a delightful musical score.
“21 Jump Street”
The box-office hit “21 Jump Street” was inspired by the television show that helped make Johnny Depp a star. In the film version, the story of cops who go undercover as high school students is played for laughs. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were total opposites in high school and did not get along. Years later, they meet again at the police academy. When their first assignment goes bad, they are given a second chance as undercover police officers sent back to school to infiltrate a drug operation. The two leads work well together, and there are lots of laughs along with action to keep you entertained throughout.
Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video teamed up a few years ago to bring special collections to the public at an affordable price. There are three new collections this week:
“TCM Greatest Classic Film Legends: Humphrey Bogart” — Humphrey Bogart was a true American film star, and the four films in this two-disc collection are “They drive By Night,” “Across The Pacific,” “Action in the North Atlantic” and “Passage To Marseille.”
“TCM Greatest Classic Film Legends: Joan Crawford” — Joan Crawford stars in “Mildred Pierce,” “Possessed,” “The Damned Don’t Cry” and “Humoresque.”
“TCM Greatest Classic Film Legends: Kirk Douglas” — See movie star Kirk Douglas in “Young Man With A Horn,” “The Bad And The Beautiful,” “Lust For Life” and “Before I Forget,” a show in which Douglas recounts his life, past, present and future.
Available next week
“An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars”
“Magnum P.I.: Season One and Two”
“TCM Classic Films: Gangsters with Humphrey Bogart”
“The Women of SNL”
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