5 A beautiful, amazing, moving, original filmmarquon | 31/01/2012 | See all marquon's reviews (9)What a superb film! I can't give it less than 5 stars because I came out of the cinema on a huge high, feeling completely satisfied with every part of it. It's a breath of fresh air that exceeded my expectations. Everything about it oozes quality, from the two charismatic lead actors who have great chemistry together, that cute little dog, the moody lighting that you can only really get with black & white film, the powerful score and clever occasional use of sounds (paradoxically), a very intelligent script that manages to homage (and respect) a past era while not underestimating the modern viewer, and gorgeous black and white cinematography.I was amazed by how moving and also how funny a silent film can be. If you're a fan of, or have a passing interest in, the history of film, give this a go. It's fictional but based on events that might have happened in cinema back in the late 1920s and early 1930s. There's also plenty of references to other films in there for the film buff to appreciate, and another nice touch is the subtle use of story-related symbolism in the film titles you see on the cinema hoardings.Now that 3D has failed (again), this film is evidence that there are still ways for cinema to try new things to make films that are different and innovative. It's also evidence that, surprisingly, silent films still work as a storytelling medium! The director deserves a medal for doing this good a job on a film so unusual. If it doesn't win a shed load of awards I'll be surprised.