A Star Is Born (1954)

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(out of 5)


This is the best version of the oft-told tale of stardom and personal loss. gives the performance of a lifetime as an aspiring singer who meets famous movie star  and falls in love with him. He promotes her to his film studio and she eventually becomes a big movie star, while he descends into a personal struggle with alcoholism.  Try as she might, Garland’s love for him just can’t stop him from doing extreme harm to himself, personally and professionally. The many musical numbers are beautifully achieved, sung to perfection by Garland and photographed in gorgeous Technicolour. George Cukor’s direction is superb, and Moss Hart’s screenplay the best treatment ever written of the story. The two versions prior to this, What Price Hollywood and the 1937 version also called A Star Is Born were dramatic pieces, while this one, the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Glitter starring Mariah Carey in 2001 are all musicals.


Transcona Enterprises

USA, 1954

Directed by George Cukor

Screenplay by , based on the 1937 film, story by , , screenplay by , , Robert Carson

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by


Academy Awards:  1954

Golden Globe Awards:  1954


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