Remember The Artist? Weinsteins Re-Releasing Oscar Darling For Mother's Day

The Artist re-release

Remember The Artist, that silent, black-and-white homage to classic Hollywood and awards-season juggernaut that you thought you might have heard the last of after Uggie (and his book deal) went hamming it up down the red carpet at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, or after summer movie season commenced in record-breaking fashion? Ha. Guess what's getting a re-release in theaters — just in time for Mother's Day?

The Weinstein Company announced the move on Monday — a typical bit of Harveyesque genius that not only breaks up the post-Avengers chatter a bit but also establishes some rare, smart counterprogramming on a weekend when Dark Shadows isn't looking especially world-beating and when the specialty market looks to remain strong for a few specially anointed mini-majors. And what the hell, right? I took my parents to see The Artist last Christmas; they were happy, I was happy, Harvey Weinstein was happy. Everyone wins. And flowers just die, anyway, and all your mom ever wanted on her special day was a little peace and quiet, so maybe treat her to a movie where nobody talks. She will thank you for it.

Read on for the official Weinstein announcement.


May 7, 2012 – New York, NY –The Weinstein Company announced today the re-release of Academy Award® Best Picture winner THE ARTIST nationwide this Friday, May 11, 2012. This will be the last chance for moviegoers to experience the 5 time Academy Award® winning love letter to films in a movie theater – the way it was intended to be experienced, and it is the perfect opportunity for a Mother’s Day outing.

Said TWC President of Marketing Stephen Bruno, “As Summer approaches, we wanted to give audiences across the country one more opportunity to experience THE ARTIST in a theater where it has charmed and entertained so many this year. This is the perfect family outing for Mother’s Day weekend.”

THE ARTIST is the winner of five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Score and Best Costume Design. It is the recipient of three Golden Globe® Awards - more than any other picture - including Best Comedy, Best Actor and Best Score. Jean Dujardin also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, and the film won the Directors Guild of America’s pick for Best Feature Film.

THE ARTIST stars Jean Dujardin (George Valentin) and Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller), and features performances by: John Goodman (Al Zimmer); James Cromwell (Clifton); Penelope Ann Miller (Doris); Malcolm McDowell (the Butler); and Uggie the dog. THE ARTIST also includes an all-star lineup of filmmakers, including: writer/director Michel Hazanavicius; producer Thomas Langmann; director of photography Guillaume Schiffman; and production designer Laurence Bennett.