After the arrival of talkies, a declining star produces another silent film to prove his pride, while the rising career of an actress he loves keep them apart

    “the artist” (2011) is a french romantic comedy-drama by Michel Hazanavicius

    Summitry Posted on April 12, 2018 in Examples.

    IMDB version:
    “A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions”

    Sounds better, but I still posted this version to discover his goal

    & since ACT II progressed with him trying to prove himself, I included that

    on April 13, 2018.
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      My take (but I think it’s clunky):

      When the talkies arrive, a proud star’s career sinks as he persists in making silent films while the career of his protege/girlfriend soars with sound.
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      Specifically, the silent star’s objective goal is to make another silent movie even though everyone else has embraced talkies. Artistically it may the right goal for him  because he doesn’t think he can make a go of it in talkies. (This is an echo of actual film history when many silent star’s careers ended because they just didn’t have the voice to make the transition to talkies.)

      So, in the 1st half of the 2nd Act he finances another silent film out of his own pocket.  But financially, of course, it’s the wrong objective goal.  The movie bombs (midpoint reversal) and in the 2nd half he loses everything and is abandoned by everyone while the love interest’s career soars higher and higher.

      BTW:  that’s how the systole and diastole of drama beats:  if the protagonist achieves his objective goal by the midpont, then it’s a “false victory” and/ or the wrong goal.

      Singularity Answered on April 13, 2018.

      >>>”false victory” is often the wrong goal

      His objective goal was something we could identify with and not completely wrong. So this film was an example in “false defeat” at the midpoint.

      on April 13, 2018.

      and I was struggling to establishing that the talkies were responsible for the rise and fall of the heroine and hero’s career respectively. so that’s taken care of, which is great…

      on April 13, 2018.

      >>>His objective goal was something we could identify with and not completely wrong.

      His desire to be true to himself and to his artistic vision,  in defiance of box office reality, is certainly one a lot of  industry people can identify with.  A lot.  Which is why, imho, it collected so many nominations and wins during the 2012 awards season.

      >>So this film was an example in “false defeat” at the midpoint.

      In relation to the final outcome of the plot. 

      on April 13, 2018.
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