Posted by: ckckred | January 2, 2012

The Artist: Is it really a comedy?

After seeing and enjoying The Artist, I feel that the Golden Globes have misperceived the film.  The Artist was nominated for Best Comedy, but I saw it as a drama.

Arguments like these are made all the time by critics.  Is Juno a comedy or a drama?  What about Up in the Air?  Can it be both?

The Artist does have many comedic moments, most during the first half in the movie where we see George Valentin’s (Jean Dujardin) films.  But the film is more drama than comedy, as we see George too proud to switch to talkies.  Maybe it’s because the main two leads, Jean Dujardin and Bernice Bejo, are notable stars of the French spy comedies OSS 117 films, so the Globes assume The Artist must be a comedy.

But a film like The Artist (and you can also put in this year’s The Descendants) fits in a category known as a dramedy, which is a drama with comic elements.  Maybe the Globes, and other award shows, should make this category.  This also fits for TV, particularly for shows like Enlightened and most of the billed comedies at Showtime.

But the Globes saved themselves from making the difficult choice of choosing between The Artist and The Descendants.  After seeing both, I don’t know which one is superior, as both are great films.  If you haven’t seen either, I recommend you do.


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