Feb. 24, 2012 at 1:37 PM ET
“The Artist,” a silent film about the silent-film era, has been nominated for 10 Oscars, including best picture, best actor and best director, and tells the story of fading silent film star George Valentin (played by Jean Dujardin) and chorus girl Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), an unlikely pair whose paths cross repeatedly as their careers take very different turns.
Set in the Los Angeles of the 1920s, the film was shot in the Los Angeles of today, using many familiar and iconic locations, including the former home of America’s silent movie sweetheart, Mary Pickford, as backdrops.
Fans of “The Artist” visiting Los Angeles may want to visit some locales seen in the film, but few of those spots are regular stops on the popular Hollywood bus tours.
That’s why LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau put together an annotated list of locations featured in the movie that visitors may use for a free, self-guided tour.
“There are many places in Los Angeles that are filmed all the time for movies,” said LA INC. spokesperson Beth Brett. “This film gives us an opportunity to highlight some special LA locations that are little known.”
For one of the most visually striking and symbolic scenes in the movie, George and Peppy are shown passing each other on an ornate stairway in the fictional Kinograph Studios. The stairway is in the Bradbury Building at 304 S. Broadway, Los Angeles.
Two homes in the Hancock Park neighborhood have roles in “The Artist.” 104 Fremont Place is used as the heyday home of George Valentine, while 56 Fremont Place, the former home of America’s (real) silent movie sweetheart, Mary Pickford, stands in for the mansion Peppy Miller lives in.
An art deco haberdashery that is now the upscale Cicada Restaurant (617 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles) in the historic Oviatt Building plays the role of the restaurant where George and Peppy dine, separately, on the eve of their movie premieres. According to LA INC., this was also used for the restaurant where Julia Roberts dined with Richard Gere in the film “Pretty Woman.”
Other Los Angeles locations on the tour include:
“With this self-guided tour,” said Brett, “visitors can look at some amazing locations in an iconic city through a film that has already become iconic in its own right.”