‘The Artist’ causes controversy overseas
Who says it’s only Americans that have no culture?
“The Artist” may have cleaned up at the Golden Globes on Sunday, winning the awards for best score, best actor and best picture in a comedy or musical, but the black-and-white ode to Hollywood’s golden era is causing some controversy overseas.
Movie-goers in the U.K. are demanding refunds because they were not aware that the movie was silent, The Telegraph reports.
The film, which has received critical praise statewide and is considered an Oscar front-runner, contains no dialogue and is projected on a smaller screen to maintain the authentic feel of a 1920s silent film.
A spokesperson for a Liverpool movie theater told the Telegraph that, “Odeon Liverpool One can confirm it has issued a small number of refunds to guests who were unaware that ‘The Artist’ was a silent film.”
The film has been a critical smash, but has only earned $14 million in international box office sales.
Action flicks “Mission Impossible II: Ghost Protocol” and “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows,” have dominated the box office since the holidays.