<p>Jean Dujardin, B&eacute;r&eacute;nice Bejo (the director's wife, by the way)</p>

Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo (the director's wife, by the way)

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Kathleen Murphy has seen the future of movies, and it's the past:

What are the odds of a silent movie, shot in black-and-white and the boxy old 1:33 screen ratio, wowing audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival? Or that the star of such a throwback—Jean Dujardin, star of the OSS 117 spy spoofs—should show up in Entertainment Weekly as a potential Oscar nominee? Place your bets with confidence, my friends. Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist is a winner, easily one of the best films of 2011.

Neither parody nor nostalgic wallow, this surefooted excursion into cinema's past is all artifice, but artifice so artful it feels and looks more real than many a movie unreeling in widescreen color. Unfettered by irony, inspiring the kind of spontaneous emotional response we yearn for at the multiplex, The Artist immerses us in joyful illusion, a world of movies within movies.

Read on at http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/the-artist.1/