quote 23:45:05 Uggie, the cute Jack Russell terrier in the movie, has been featured extensively, perhaps exhaustively, on TV chat shows. Why? Because like the two other principals, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, he speaks no English, but is at least not expected to. Dujardin has nowhere near enough English to carry a TV interview, so he has been reduced to mugging and doing wacky animal impressions, and there have been rumours that producer Harvey Weinstein is worried that reminders of the film’s Frenchness will be a turn-off. Nonetheless, The Artist may well turn out to be the first French film to win best picture at the Academy Awards, but it will have achieved this triumph by keeping schtum, by being silent and reversing the talkie revolution.
Peter Bradshaw: Is The Artist’s awards momentum a dramatic comedy of errors?