Los Angeles, December 13, 2016 – Film Concerts Live! announces its latest film-with-orchestra offering, the 2011 Best Picture Oscar® winner The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius with its jazz-infused original score by acclaimed composer Ludovic Bource. A magnificently crafted love letter to cinema itself, The Artist is a contemporary silent film which pays homage to the early years of Hollywood, when the advent of “talking pictures” forever changed the way we experienced the movies. Nominated for ten Academy Awards®, The Artist won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score. Now for the first time, audiences in North America and selected other territories will be able to experience this beloved film projected in HD on a giant screen, with its dazzling and inventive musical score performed live and in sync to the film by some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras.
“It’s often been said that there was no such thing as a silent picture. In the earliest days of Hollywood, movies were always accompanied in theaters by some form of live music – a pianist, an organist, or even a small orchestra – underscoring the action we saw on screen,” said FCL producer Steve Linder. Co-producer Jamie Richardson added, “it’s truly a thrill to be able to bring this modern classic to concert halls, and in so doing, to revive the tradition of presenting live music performed in perfect sync with the images of a so-called ‘silent’ film. In this way, we’re actually resetting the clock and coming full circle back to the very origins of this amazing art form.”
Set in the 1920’s, The Artist tells the story of the dashing silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) after a chance encounter with a young dancer and aspiring actress named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo). Ever the traditionalist, George rejects “talkies” as nothing more than a passing fad. But the new medium, tailor-made for the enchanting and spirited Peppy, soon transforms her into a worldwide sensation. As their fortunes reverse, George and Peppy must come to terms not only with their love for each other, but with the pressures of their rapidly changing world.
Filled with music, romance, laughter and tears, The Artist received unanimous acclaim from critics and audiences alike, and became the feel-good hit of 2011. So put on your top hat… tie up your white tie… brush off your tails… and be transported back to the Hollywood of old, where even a plucky Jack Russell terrier named Uggie could become a star.
The Artist in Concert is licensed by The Weinstein Company. For more information about this and other Film Concerts Live! productions including Star Trek, Back To The Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Jaws, and Home Alone, please visit www.filmconcertslive.com.