By Adam B. Vary
Updated February 23, 2012 at 09:27 PM EST
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The Artist

  • Movie

The Artist celebrates the oldest of old Hollywood, an era when moviemaking magic was still very much in its infancy. Re-creating that era — both the real-world city streets and the era’s movie sets — was up to the film’s Oscar-nominated production designer Laurence Bennett, who came up with an unorthodox strategy for capturing the allure of the period in a black-and-white film. Click here for our annotated conversation with Bennett about one of the iconic movie sets of the era, and click here for our annotated conversation on the grand exterior of the La Reina Theater. Some of the details may surprise you!

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The Artist

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 100 minutes