A Star Is Born (1954)

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A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.


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  • Judy Garland in A Star Is Born (1954)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • Judy Garland and James Mason on the set of "A Star Is Born," 1954. Modern silver gelatin, 11x14. $600 © 1978 Sanford Roth / AMPAS MPTV
  • Judy Garland in A Star Is Born (1954)

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13 June 2001 | heatmise
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| Make sure to watch the Widescreen Version!
In a career of classic performances this may be Judy Garland's best role and one that certainly uses her many talents to the hilt. James Mason gives an Oscar caliber performance as well and I believe in almost any other year that he wasn't up against Brando's "On the Waterfront" performance he would and should have won.

This George Cukor film features gorgeous color and beautiful cinematography, but does suffer from choppy editing that may be the result of restored footage. The project to restore over an hour of missing footage scrapped by the producers after the original length was in excess of four and a half hours may have been done with the best intentions, but is still incomplete and leaves the film disjointed and obviously lacking. I certainly wish the original footage was never scrapped, but this spotty attempt at restoration makes you feel like your watching more of a project than a classic film. Sometimes less is more and definitely in this case.

Whatever you do make sure you see the widescreen version of this film that was originally shot in Cinemascope or you will only see about a third of the actual picture and I assure you, you won't want to miss any of it.

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