Hands down, the most rapturous moviegoing experience in 2011. For all its worth, The Artist is much better than the entire output of the Hollywood industry put together during the last calendar year. Sure, it’s simplistic, but so was Murnau’s Sunrise and a handful of Chaplin films. This is a glorious throwback to a bygone age when a wordless sequence made audiences laugh, cry and heart bouncing in pure joy.
A homage to film noir, German expressionism, Hitchcock and 50’s Douglas Sirk melodrama. “Lady Fatale”, filmed with virtually no budget, using my Nikon D7000 camera, an empty room and some studio lights, is a reworking of the femme fatale prototype with nods to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Vertigo, and the film noir genre in general.