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A Star Is Born (1954)

US 176m, Colour
Director: George Cukor; Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

a_star_is_bornA musical remake of the 1937 William A. Wellman film of the same name, A Star is Born is the story of singer Esther Blodgett, who saves Norman Maine, an intoxicated Hollywood film star from embarrassing himself during a charity function. In gratitude, he helps to make Esther a film star, all the while his career is in decline. Eventually falling in love, Norman realizes that his alcohol problems, which ruined his career, might also end his wife’s flourishing stardom. A great vehicle for Garland’s “comeback”, A Star is Born, with its clever satire of Hollywood, is unfortunately undermined by the length of the musical numbers which are unnecessary to the plot (Klaus Ming February 2015).


2 comments on “A Star Is Born (1954)

  1. Ms. Coolsville

    You summed it up nicely! I love Judy Garland but this film isn’t very high on my list of her best works. I much prefer the history (or shall I say mystery?) of the film’s missing footage!

  2. Klaus

    Thanks. I actually prefer the original 1937 film in the telling the story. As far as Judy’s performances, I would have liked to see more of her acting in this, though I did really enjoy her “living room” number in this one.

    I hadn’t realized until recently that there was so much missing footage. What a shame. anytime the original cut is lost for any film of this importance.

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