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A modern take on the silent movie

A new French silent movie, The Artist, is about to open in the UK after success in the United States and France.

Director Michel Hazanavicius particularly enjoys the format of the silent movie because as an audience you can "recreate the dialogues" using their own imagination.

Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film at the BFI National Archive, greatly enjoyed the film as it "understands profoundly" how to tell a story in images.

She believes the silent film is "an art form of its own" and is "akin to opera" in its portrayal of dialogue.

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