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Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin in "The Artist." (AP/The Weinstein Company)
Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin in "The Artist." (AP/The Weinstein Company)

Two new films pay tribute to the roots of movie-making. Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" tells the story of a young boy living in a Parisian train station in the 1930s but it also is a loving look at silent films and one of the pioneers of the medium.

And Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" is a silent film — a rarity in today's Hollywood.

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr says that the nostalgia of these films can be seen as a reaction to our digital culture.

"These movies bring us back to the roots of why we like movies, the stories we originally went to. They are sort of a rebuke to the super fast-paced CGI... the kind of movies that we get from the studios," Burr told Here & Now's Sacha Pfeiffer.

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This segment aired on November 30, 2011.

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