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The Artist: Surprise silent movie hit

Among this year's more unlikely contenders for an Oscar nomination is a silent film called The Artist which was shot in black-and-white.

Most of the actors are unknown and the story takes place in the Hollywood of the 1920s and 30s as silent cinema slipped out of fashion.

The BBC's Will Gompertz reports.

  • 08 Dec 2011