|She's a starlet on the rise. He's an actor on the skids. And their love can't cope with the fickle fortunes of hollywood. Special features: interactive menus, filmographies, scene access, and much more.|
Editor's NoteA STAR IS BORN was conceived as a comeback vehicle for Judy Garland, who gives a fascinating and heartrending performance in perhaps the finest work of her career. This film was director George Cukor's first musical and first color picture; the tale of a doomed Hollywood couple, it was a remake of the 1937 William Wellman movie with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Garland plays young singer Esther, who saves Norman Maine (James Mason), a famous star, from making a fool of himself onstage. Maine is an alcoholic whose career is on the wane but who manages, nonetheless, to acknowledge Esther's talent and help her jump-start a career in Hollywood. But as her star rises and his declines, Maine's misery grows. Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin provided Garland with songs that would become standards in her concert repertoire, including "The Man That Got Away," which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Song. A STAR IS BORN is also based on the earlier Cukor picture WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?
Cast & Crew
|Moss Hart - Screenwriter|
|Ira Gershwin - Lyricist|
|Sam Leavitt - Director of Photography|
|Gene Allen - Production Designer|
|Sidney Luft - Producer|
|Harold Arlen - Composer|
|Charles Lang - Sound|
|Folmar Blangsted - Editor|
|George Cukor - Director|
Plot SummaryFirst remake of the classic that was one of Judy Garland's greatest hits, and director George Cukor's first color picture, this musical includes Garland's well-known songs "The Man That Got Away" and "Born In a Trunk." The film garnered six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress and Actor for Garland and James Mason.