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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 100m 23s

Release date 30/12/2011

Ratings Info Contains scene of mild threat

Genre(s) Drama, Romance

Director(s) Michel Hazanavicius

Cast includes Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pile, Malcolm McDowell

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Parental guidance iconPG

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Ratings info publication date 20/12/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE ARTIST is a black and white romantic drama filmed in the style of a Hollywood silent movie. Set between 1927 and 1931, it follows the story of film star George Valentin, who is caught off guard by the arrival of the 'talkies'.


During one scene, the increasingly despairing George contemplates suicide and places a pistol in his own mouth. After this, the screen cuts to black and the intertitle 'Bang!' appears on screen, in the style of a silent film. Subsequently, the film cuts to sight of the heroine's crashed car, and her rushing into the house to help her friend. We then see that George has not committed suicide. The build-up of tension and despair, coupled with the sight of the gun in the mouth and the initial uncertainty about George's fate, have the potential to cause anxiety for younger viewers. However, in the context of this old fashioned romance, it is permissible at PG.

The film also contains a very briefly seen 'middle finger' gesture by an actress who is ignored by her male co-star when he's on stage taking the audience's applause. However, the scene is comic in nature. There is also one scene in which studio executives are smoking while they watch rushes from a film. However, this merely reflects the period in which the film is set and the characters in question are unlikely to hold significant appeal to young people.


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