LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 – The Weinstein Company celebrates the critically-acclaimed new feature film, THE ARTIST, with a special screening hosted by Carmen and Dolores Chaplin, international actresses and the granddaughters of Hollywood icon, Charlie Chaplin, days before its November 25th theatrical release. Together, they join writer/director Michel Hazanavicius and cast members, who will arrive in style in vintage cars from the film, Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Uggie the dog in celebrating a film that pays homage to the Silent Era and captures the essence of Old Hollywood. The screening will take place on November 21st, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
The screening will be followed by a reception and Q&A conversation which will offer insight into the production of the film as well discussion about the silent film era.
“THE ARTIST holds a special importance for us because we had the privilege of intimately experiencing the culture of black and white silent films which forever left its mark upon us as artists,” said Carmen and Dolores Chaplin. “The film has a universal dimension crossing boundaries of language, challenging our expectations, and breaking commercial convention by returning to the purest form of film-making.”
The Chaplin sisters are thrilled to host the evening commemorating their grandfather’s craft and its contribution to the film industry and artists today. One of the most celebrated artists of his time, Chaplin was dedicated to his craft and his talents as an actor, writer, director and composer have been an inspiration to filmmakers and artists of following generations.
Winner of the prize for Best Actor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Michel Hazanavicius’s THE ARTIST is a heartfelt and entertaining valentine to classic American cinema. Set during the twilight of Hollywood’s silent era and shot on location in Los Angeles, THE ARTIST tells the story of a charismatic movie star unhappily confronting the new world of talking pictures. Mixing comedy, romance and melodrama, THE ARTIST is itself an example of the form it celebrates: a black-and-white silent film that relies on images, actors and music to weave its singular spell.
Hosts to be joined by “The Artist” Writer/Director Michel Hazanavicius and Cast Members Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Uggie the dog and more
Screening to be held Monday, November 21st 7:30pm PST at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills
The Weinstein Company presents THE ARTIST, written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius and produced by Thomas Langmann. Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, and Ken Davitan. With Uggie as The Dog.