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01 August 2011

A Star is Born (1954) [Musical Film-a-Thon] 19#

Directed By: George Cukor
Genre: Drama, Musical
Runtime: 175 Minutes 

Filled with great emotion and a grand heartbreak tragedy 'A Star is Born' is another one of the great classic musicals. Starring Judy Garland in one of her finest performances of her career brings such emotion to the screen. This is but not the first adaption of the film, but the second and there would be a third yet to come in the 1976 featuring Barbara Streisand. In this restored version of the original, the characters are presented with great strength with drama that George Cukor the director made an excellent job executing. It is often considered one of the greatest musicals of all time because of it's heart breaking and touching drama abnd I have to agree with that for sure beause onthe story  the screen it is one of the best one-woman shows ever. The story is wholesome and sincere and the characters are more than great.


An alcoholic film star, on his last professional legs, gives a career boost to a unknown aspiring actress. The two marry, whereupon her fame and fortune rises while his spirals sharply downward. Unable to accept this, the male star crawls deeper into the bottle. The wife tearfully decides to give up her own career to care for her husband. To spare her this fate, the husband chivalrously commits suicide. His wife is inconsolable at first, but is urged to go "on with the show" in memory of her late husband. In the original, Janet Gaynor played Esther Blodgett, who with no training or contacts came to Hollywood hoping for stardom. The remake, scripted by Moss Hart, is a shade more realistic: Garland's Esther, though far removed from fame, is a working professional singer/dancer when first we meet her. Both Gaynor and Garland are transformed from "Esther Blodgett" to "Vicki Lester" after being screen-tested, though Gaynor goes on to star in fluffy costume dramas while Garland more logically headlines big-budget musicals. It’s a beautiful story of romance and is drenched with great drama.

This is Garland at her finest. Her performance was astounding and completely took my breath away. Her remarkable skill in this proves that she may very well be the greatest actress that ever lived. Yes, she was that good. Alongside the almighty Garland is James Mason who was also brilliant as her husband, Norman. The story itself is very gracious and it’s three hour runtime does not leave you unsatisfied. Are film begins with meeting Esther Blogett as a simple singer who soon is listed by Norman Maine and suddenly as the title suggest, a star is born. I think the story as a whole is beautiful and is soaked with outstanding drama and sincere romance.

At the instigation of the late film historian Ronald Haver, the full version was painstakingly restored in 1983, with outtakes and still photos bridging the "lost" footage. George Cukor's musical drama, the second version of Star Is Born, is a classic, an emotionally touching tale in which Judy Garland renders her most impressive performance as dramatic actress. This drama music will not be forgotten for it’s marvellous drama efforts, terrific acting and grand story.


My Rating: 9/10

1 comment:

  1. Nice work Thomas, I just realized when you changed your URL I quit getting updates when you write stuff. My bad!

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