The Artist may have impressed the entire world. But there is one thing. What the movie tries to depict is that people are always attracted to new things (Fashion for example). They don't care about the old art and just want to watch movies or any play as a casual viewer. Valintin, the main character, is a silent picture king but when it came to talking movies, no one cared about him and his silent films anymore. Today, after watching this movie, I SAW and FELT the exact same thing this movie is trying to depict. That's because there was only me and my mom in the entire theater! In this little town where I live, no one cares about what you can call "True Art". Yes, I come from India where movies are quite different. They won't care even if "A Separation" or any Satyajit Ray classic was screened. Still, I expected this movie to receive half of the seats. But that did surprise me. It struck me then that I was witnessing a live example of what the movie was about. Therefore, the experience of "The Artist" was extremely strong for me and my mom. We both love movies very much. After returning from the movie, we did feel quite different about it. That's my personal experience about the movie.
Now about the movie itself. "The Artist" is different. The Director created a completely authentic 20's film that makes the film more lovely to watch. The story of course sounds predictable, the movie is not... Go and watch it, dudes. And if you are all alone with your friends or family, you might enjoy more!(Which I doubt...)