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Critic's Notebook: The charmed life of 'The Artist'
Almost every year, the run-up to the Academy Awards features a film no one has heard of, a film like "Slumdog Millionaire" that seems to have come out of nowhere to become a possible best picture nominee. This year, that film is an especially unlikely one: a black-and-white silent French film called "The Artist" that festival audiences have simply adored.
By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
November 10, 2011