I managed to go see The Artist a few days before the Oscars, so I was doubly excited to see such a fantastic movie win big. To be honest, I haven't seen nearly enough silent films, but the few that I have seen I've loved - and The Artist is no exception. It's got everything: a cute and quirky romance, beautiful music, sound gags, an adorable dog, fantastic dancing, and the struggle of dealing with changing times.
Not only are these two gorgeous, they also have extremely expressive faces. (Which is pretty important in a silent film.) As Gloria Swanson famously stated in her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard :
"We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!"
And of course, that adorable dog I mentioned. Every hero needs a sidekick. ^-^
If you're looking for an inspiring film that isn't afraid to deal with matters of the heart and personal struggles, (but manages to end on a happy note - in true Hollywood style) I highly recommend The Artist.