Trivia / The Artist

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Jean Dujardin is best known for his OSS 117 spy parodies. The first film we see starring Valentin is a spy thriller. ("SPEAK!!!")
    • James Cromwell played a driver in Murder By Death, just as he does in this film.
  • Fake American: Berenice Bejo as Peppy Miller. Averted by George Valentin, however, as revealed by the very last line (although his name gives away his nationality).
  • Font Anachronism: The movie features an array of anachronistic and stylistically-questionable type treatments. Some of these are deliberate to evoke the silent-film era rather than copy it. Whether intentional or by oversight, all of the typefaces do their aesthetic and evocative duty.
  • Playing Against Type: Dujardin, a comic by trade, portrays George as happy-go-lucky in the beginning. But it gets progressively darker.
  • Production Posse: Dujardin and Hazanavicius previously teamed up to make the spy satires OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio, and Bejo also starred in Nest of Spies.
  • Starring a Star as a Star: Jean Dujardin, best known for spy parody films, plays silent film star George Valentin
  • What Could Have Been: The original script was much darker, being an homage to Metropolis, Fritz Lang, and German Expressionism. The advent of talkies would have paralleled the rise of Nazism, culminating with the main character committing suicide for real.