Monday, June 11, 2012

Visual Parallels: Amelie + The Artist

By Sati. Monday, June 11, 2012 , ,
Amelie and The Artist - two lovely, charming movies, that infect the audience with incredible dose of happiness and optimism. Both French films, both shot in a gorgeous way, both using many scenes without any dialogue, simply focusing on the images. Along with the unforgettable performances by respectively Audrey Taoutou and Jean Dujardin, those films manage to capture the emotions, feelings and even the souls of protagonists in single frames. There are many similarities between the two - not just the fact that the main hero/heroine is an outsider with certain flaws that prevent them from opening up and embracing life to its fullest (Amelie is shy, George is too vein) but then a person comes along that through the gift of love and understanding gives them the happiness they really deserve.

Next in the series: Mulholland Dr + Young Adult

36 comments:

  1. Wow... those are great visual parallels. I look forward to the next part.

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    1. Thanks! The next one will be in July unless my computer is still broken by then :)

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  2. The time you must be into these visual parallels - it's fantastic, and I love it :D Now I really need to watch Amelie again, it's been too long since I've seen it!
    Also - love the new banner for your site by the way!

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    1. Ah, it's not so long, I take a bunch of screenshots when I watch movies, just in case I'll need them.

      Thank you so much! Amelie is a lovely movie, always puts me in good mood.

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  3. Oh I love this! Amelie is one of my most favourite films of all time. And I just wrote about the Artist in an examination essay :P
    Also the Amelie kiss (sorta) has to be one of my most favourite ever.

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    1. I love that scene, it's so romantic and tender. One of my absolute favorites too.

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  4. This is one of my favourite features Sati!! Great work as ever!!

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  5. Two great films and a delightful post.

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    1. Thanks! I love both of them, one of those films where everything is perfect.

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  6. Those are some pretty cool parallels.

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  7. I'm stunned. Awesome work once again.

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    1. Thank you! I really like doing this one, makes me rewatch some of my favorite films.

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  8. Utterly awesome! Even better than the last. Probably won't get to see Young Adult before your next post but very curious to see how it compares with MD.

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked it! With YA and MD it's mostly about the main heroines and how their misery is shown in the same way in both.

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  9. Interesting juxtaposition of images. I have always felt that Amelie could almost have functioned as a silent film.

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    1. Oh yes! There are many scenes with any dialogue, though I can't imagine Amelie without her sweet voice.

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  10. Thanks for this comparison. I would never have thought about this without you. I haven't seen The Artist yet, but when I see it, I am sure I will think back to your post.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you'll like The Artist, it's such a beautiful movie.

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  11. Nice post, Sati. Seeing this make me want to watch Amelie again.

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    1. Thank you! I watch this one at least once a year, never gets boring or old.

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  12. Amazing parallels and visuals here Sati. Has successfully reminded me that it's been too long since I saw Amelie. Must watch again soon!

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    1. Thanks! I think next time I'll watch it I'll make it a double feature with Delicatessen.

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  13. Really awesome stuff! Never would have thought of this stuff.

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  14. Hmmm. Personally, I'm not quite seeing it between these two, seems more a matter of emoting than anything else, but I love the feature! Wonder how The Artist would compare visually to Singin' in the Rain?

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    1. I think both directors emplyed same devices in many moments with those two. I really should see Singing in the Rain again I bet it will be even more similiar to TA than Amelie.

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  15. Such a good series you have here. Truly excellent work. Mulholland Dr. and Young Adult... now that is damn interesting.

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you like it! This one was the hardest to do, Md and YA was actually quite easy, especially siince Watts and Theron look quite similiar when they are depressed in those films.

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  16. Wow, what an astute observation, Margaret! I never thought there are so many similarities but after seeing this, I totally see them! I'd love to see more of them in this series.

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    1. Thank you! I think I'll do entry in the series once a month, it's pretty hard to choose best movie to compare something with. When I was making a post about Black Swan I had at least two other films similiar to it other than Shame.

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  17. I love how you find all these connections in movies. This is my favorite thing about this site. I loved it so much. I added your site to my blog roll. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Thank you so much! I really like doing this feature.

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  18. Awesome job, Sati! Love this feature, and these are two movies I wouldn't have thought to put together. Very cool.

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    1. Thank you! I will try to post parallels once a month.

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