French director Michel Hazanavicius has shot movies in Morocco, Brazil and France. But for “The Artist,” his new black and white silent melodrama set in Hollywood in the 1920s and ’30s, Hazanavicius said he had to film in Los Angeles.
“It has to be authentic,” he said. “To re-create this era, the architecture, all the details. You could go to Budapest and say, ‘Yeah, this is stylized Los Angeles. People are more brown with bad teeth, but it’s another Los Angeles.’ No, it was important to be here.”
In “The Artist,” silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and chorus girl Peppy Miller’s (Berenice Bejo) lives and careers are upended by the arrival of talkies — he staggers into obsolescence just as she emerges as a leading lady.
To reconstruct the silent film age in all its glamour, Hazanavicius relied on several classic Hollywood locations. Here’s a look at a few of the key ones.