Us Rating: ****
The year's most euphoric screen experience belongs to -- incredibly -- a black-and-white silent film. In 1920s Hollywood, actor George Valentin (the magnificent Jean Dujardin) is the Clooney of cinema -- until the "talkies" take over and his fame crumbles. Only starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) keeps faith in his talents. Even without dialogue, the film's touching, dramatic and beguiling sentiments come through loud and clear.