in about 100 words or less
US 176m, Colour
Director: George Cukor; Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford
A 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).