Star! (1968)

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A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage.


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14 July 2001 | crescenthts
Julie Andrews At Her Best Ever!
It is not often that one can find a film where the leading lady looks as chic or as elegant as Julie Andrews does in Robert Wise's misunderstood masterpiece STAR!. Much of the credit must go to Academy Award nominated designer Donald Brooks. The wardrobe Miss Andrews wears is both large in number (over 125 different changes) and incredibly beautiful. This is the only film that comes to mind where the costumes seen to actually turn in a performance. I cannot imagine what this film would be like without Donald Brooks' extraordinary contributuion. He along with the millions of dollars worth of Cartier jewels make this film a memorable experience. For real eye candy STAR! cannot be beat!!!

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Apart from Richard Aldrich, a certain amount of dramatic license was taken with the men in Gertrude Lawrence's life. In the movie, her first husband, a stage manager, is called "Jack Roper", and is apparently not much older. In real-life, his name was Frank Gordon-Howley, and he was twenty years older than her. Her upper-class, Guardsman boyfriend was not called "Sir Anthony Spencer", but Captain Philip Astley. He later married Madeleine Carroll. The Wall Street banker she met while on Broadway was named Bert Taylor, not "Ben Mitchell".


Quotes

Noel Coward: Close personal relationships are bloody difficult, my darling but they do get easier with time. Loneliness gets harder.


Goofs

In the number "Burlington Bertie" the banana skin thrown onstage by Gertie disappears.


Crazy Credits

The only credits seen at the beginning of the film are those for a fictional black-and-white short subject about Gertrude Lawrence. The film's real credits all appear at the end. However, the Twentieth-Century Fox logo is shown only in black-and-white, and with tinny 1940's-style sound recording, as part of that fictional newsreel. We never see the logo in color and stereophonic sound, although Twentieth-Century Fox released "Star!"


Alternate Versions

When business didn't meet expectations, the studio suggested some shortening, and Robert Wise offered about 20 minutes of cuts that were literally scissored out of the prints while the film played to initial reserved seat audiences. The studio also tried revamping the ads to appeal to a younger audience, even including a shot of Julie posing with a motorcycle that was just an on-location joke and not a scene in the film. Another idea was to make up a couple print ads that tried to make the movie look like a soap opera, adding "Loves Of A..." to the title. The "Loves Of A Star!" ads were only tested briefly in a few papers, and never used widely. This prompted a politely shocked letter from Robert Wise to the studio, who sheepishly admitted it was a desperate attempt that failed. That title was never put on the actual film. In the spring of 1969, the studio withdrew the film from release entirely and decided on a drastic edit and total new identity. After removing many of the musical numbers and preparing new ads that deliberately made the picture look like The Sound of Music (1965), a two-hour version was released under the title "Those Were the Happy Times". At his own request, The credit "A Robert Wise Film" is not present on this version. The short version did no business.


Soundtracks

Someone to Watch Over Me
Music by
George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Julie Andrews

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Biography | Comedy | Drama | History | Musical | Romance

Details

Release Date:

22 October 1968

Language

English, French


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Dennis, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

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