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Is the success of The Artist an example of mass intelligence?

Arif Durrani writes in MediaWeek: “If you think the landslide success of the silent French movie The Artist … is something of an anomaly in an age of shrinking attention spans and dumbed-down media, then you haven’t been paying attention.” I agree! And so, apparently, does Harvey Weinstein whose company produced the film. As Peggy Noonan explains in a recent Newsweek interview: “He doesn’t want to sound pretentious or elitist-he is, in fact, defensive about the idea that his audience might be seen as highbrow, exclusive.” In Weinstein’s words: “I want to create an artistic but populist cinema…I once heard Steven Spielberg say that special effects were the words.”