Behind-the-scenes of classic Hollywood movies are almost never as good as we want them to be. Look at last year’s My Week With Marilyn, for a recent example. Often, the central star-as-star performance is the standout, with the story failing to live up to the greatness of the film it’s about.
The Artist has emerged in the Oscar race as the feel-good frontrunner for Best Picture. It’s a silent romantic comedy featuring a delightful international cast and a cute puppy, and even though its protagonist contemplates suicide in a melodramatic, over-the-top silent movie way, overall it’s a happy-go-lucky film.
Who could hate The Artist?
Well, Kim Novak, for one.