Cannes 2011: Brad Pitt & More


The most eagerly awaited film (Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree of Life”) finally screened today, drawing a mixed reaction and respectful reviews, especially for Brad Pitt. Otherwise, the Cannes Film Festival hasn’t exactly whetted my appetite artistically. Nor, apart from Owen Wilson‘s turn in the fest opener, “Midnight in Paris,” has there been much Oscar bait. What has most charmed me so far, watching from afar and dependent on YouTube snippets, has been French director Michel Hazanaviciusā€™ Los Angeles-shot “The Artist,” a delightful-looking black-and-white silent film about the decline of a 1920s Hollywood leading man and the rocketing stardom of a young actress. You read that correctly: a silent film.

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