Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: What does a silent film screenplay look like? Enter: 'The Artist'
Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.
What exactly does the script for a film that is almost completely sans dialogue look like? Nominated for Best Original Screenplay (as well as nine other categories), the screenplay for The Artist was written by Michel Hazanavicius and illustrates a unique approach to the typically structured scripts that make their way through the Academy each year. EW has three exclusive sample pages from the script, which make for an interesting read if you’ve ever wondered how The Artist manages to tell a story without saying a word. (Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!)
Page 9 – Bus; Kinograph Studios
Bérénice Bejo’s Peppy Miller’s memorable chorus girl audition served as a stellar introduction to the character. See how the entire scene unfolds in just a few paragraphs and only one dialogue-replacement title card.
NEXT: Al Zimmer breaks bad news to George
Page 16 – Kinograph Studios (Zimmer’s Office)
In one of the film’s pivotal scenes (and one of its conversation-heavy ones), John Goodman’s studio honcho Al Zimmer breaks some bad news to Jean Dujardin’s George Valentin.
NEXT: George and Peppy’s heartbreaking confrontation
Page 24 – George’s House
George and Peppy’s heartbreaking confrontation – by now, Peppy is a star and George is deep into his drunken spiral of despair – is captured with just a few well-crafted title cards.
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