For me, “The Artist” is delightful above all for the performance of Jean Dujardin, who is graceful and charming, who bubbles with warmth and humor, and who can dance as very few people ever have in movie history. Pity they don’t make musicals anymore—not musicals, anyway, depending on the charisma and presence of individual singers and dancers. I wonder if anyone will have the imagination to figure out how to use Dujardin in a musical? How about a remake of “Swing Time?”
best words about Jean.
-Roger Ebert, Feb.28, 2012 Roger Ebert’s Journal
Yes to all but the remake of Swing Time. Why not leave that classic alone and make something new in the spirit of it? That’s what I love about The Artist. It’s a homage to all of these great films while also being unique. That said, I would LOVE to see Jean in another Old Hollywood-type film. He’s got the style, look, and charisma for it.