A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

DVD - 2010
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A movie star declining in popularity marries a shy young actress whose fame grows to eclipse his.


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Aug 18, 2019

The copy we saw had several breaks where original scenes were replaced with sepia still shots.
We could not watch it. After Mason’s obnoxious drunk act in the opening scene he became
merely patronizing. Highly dated stuff. Garland’s singing could not rescue this “restoration”.
Would like to see the original.

Mar 18, 2019

While I think the film is a little overlong and that the celebrated "Born in a Trunk" number stops the movie cold, this really is a fantastic, emotional powerhouse of a feature. The original 1937 movie is a classic, but this one is superior in terms of adding more nuance and depth to the characters.
Judy Garland and James Mason are heartbreaking and likable as the doomed couple, making this a tragedy of the highest order. It's also one of George Cukor's last great movies, using the Cinemascope format to great effect.

Mar 10, 2019

WARNING This movie is 3 hours long

Jan 13, 2019

One of the best Judy Garland's movies ever made! Wonderful singing, and the acting is very good, especially pared with James Mason. As a birthday gift to myself, this movie was made in 1954 (the year of my birth) and I will watch it each year. Judy made many good movies, but I feel this was her Best! A Classic, People! Treat yourselves.

Feb 09, 2018

VERY GOOD 1954 movie sometimes described as Judy Garland's 'comeback' movie after she quit working for MGM. It was large, very expensive and lengthy which created various production problems/decisions (including what to leave in or omit in final release).
It IS lengthy but kept my interest and had some excellent dance production numbers, etc.

Oct 01, 2015

Lights! Camera! Action!.... Yes. And once again a star is born, Hollywood-style - While another spirals down into the gutter.... And the wheels (of celebrity fame & fortune) go round and round.

I'm just guessing about this - But, I'd say that 1954's "A Star Is Born" is probably looked upon as being Hollywood at its absolute zenith when it comes to the genre of big-budget musicals of yesteryear.

Though its storyline was obviously fabricated to some point - This particular film does (quite clearly) define the star-making machinery as it existed in Tinseltown in its by-gone days.

Containing some very sincere performances from its all-star cast - "A Star Is Born" certainly had its share of faults, which not only included its gruelling 3-hour running time, but, also some outlandishly awful musical numbers that completely wasted Judy Garland's versatility as an all-round performer, as well.

artificialintelligence Aug 10, 2014

This film suffers from a couple of interminable musical numbers that were a waste of Garland's talent. That said, the movie's a masterpiece owing in no small way to the finest acting of Garland's career, high production values, and an iconic performance by James Mason. I couldn't take my eyes off him. Whether suavely prowling at the Coconut Grove or poignantly using affectatious deception to blow off Nile's token offer in the sanitorium, Mason invests his character with a complexity that's chillingly real, raw and physical. In an important early scene for instance, everything about his backstage lipstick-writing-on-wall sequence  is uncannily stunning, from the thin line he walks between dashing grace, intoxicated giggles, and obnoxious belligerence to his heady grip of Esther's hand and the spin he gives the words. And he is not just convincing as a drunk.  He is just as effective implying hidden depths of decency, compassion, and vulnerability to love, a love that comes too late. These two actors were robbed of their Academy Awards.

Feb 20, 2014

I returned this title to the countertop with three other titles last week. The other titles were Pulling, Full Metal Jacket and Midnight in Paris.

Janedith Jan 25, 2014

Judy Garland gives a great performance.

Nov 20, 2011

A masterpiece! Judy Garland, at the height of her singing and acting skills, gives one of the great performances in movie history. James Mason is also extraordinary as her troubled husband, Judy's singing causes shivers and the relationship between the now-legandary characters Norman Main and Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester goes right to the heart. You never tire of seeing this movie.


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