Star is born, A (1954)
Star is born, A (1954)
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Call it a musical or a musical drama, however you categorize this, it remains one of the most emotionally overwhelming movies that Hollywood has ever produced. In a performance that resonates even more with the knowledge of her own private pain, Judy Garland is simply astonishing as the aspiring actress who meets and falls in love with a fading, self-destructive movie star. James Mason is equally superb as the alcoholic screen veteran who watches his young discovery eclipse him. Based on the 1937 non-musical version (which was in turn inspired by Cukor's 1932 film What Price, Hollywood?), the story would again reach the screen in 1976. This version, however, is unquestionably the best. This restored edition includes sequences cut after the film''s premiere. Where only the soundtrack survived, still photos were inserted to George Cukor---USA---1954---175 mins.

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  | kathyw#1

A good movie to watch, despite some pieces missing (supplied with stills) because the film is in the slow process of being restored. Barbra Streisand's version of this story is just awful - and you see it immediately when you look at the three trailers (the first 'Star' with Frederick March, the second with James Mason - this version - and the third with Kris Kristoferson and Ms. Streisand). Great bonus features include the gala premiere for the movie in 1953, with brief encounters at the theatre with all the glamorous stars of the day. Gorgeous, they were.

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