Festival de Cannes 70: Jean Dujardin, 2011

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Not only was there a heavy revival of the silent cinema days with Michael Hazanavicius’ The Artist, but Cannes was also crammed with some fascinating male leads who did not predominantly rely on the spoken word to be compelling. Ryan Gosling (Drive), Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life), and even Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin) are three such popular examples. Eventually going all the way to the Oscar Best Actor award (unlucky Mr Clooney) Jean Dujardin not only has the chiseled looks of an old-time movie star, his performance captured the eccentricities of that classic days of silent cinema, delivering heavy emotion and comedy in equal bursts of success.

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