Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (TV Mini-Series 2001)

TV Mini-Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Biography, Drama, Music

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The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.

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  • James Kall in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
  • Tammy Blanchard in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
  • Tammy Blanchard in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
  • Robert Allan Ackerman in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
  • Tammy Blanchard in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
  • Victor Garber in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)

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20 March 2001 | xanagu69
| Extraordinary for a TV-Movie
I must say that Judy Garland has never been a favorite icon of mine, although many of my friends adore her. My impressions of Judy Garland have always been the classic star who seemingly had it all but lost it due to drugs and addiction. But what struck me most about "Me and My Shadows" was how the film was able to portray Judy Garland as a human being, not just a typical star immersed in tragedy, which unfortunately is too common among Hollywood legends.

Lorna Luft should be truly proud of this film which will I predict sweep the Emmy Awards this year. Judy Davis was mesmerizing!!!! Watching her performance literally sent chills down my spine. I haven't seen an actress completely transform herself into another actress so brilliantly and believably. Faye Dunaway, who was literally Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest", was not even as good as Davis. She has always, in my opinion, been seriously underrated as a dramatic actress. This performance is undoubtedly the best of her career, and she deserves all of the praise she has been garnering. Tammy Blanchard was also remarkable, and Victor Garber was good as well. The acting performances of all were truly breathtaking and just goes to show that true talent doesn't always lie at the feet of the "Hollywood star machine." The pace of the movie was just right, and it seemed to truly encompass the scope of Judy Garland's life, leaving out minor details such as her first marriage and subsequent abortion.

If there was a complaint, it would probably be that Liza Minnelli was not mentioned a great deal here, but the movie itself was not about Liza. This was a truly well-crafted cinematic effort that doesn't particularly cast Garland as a victim, but not as a saint as well. That balance is needed to truly avoid this movie from becoming a sad, soppy melodrama. Overall, this will stand the test of time and really allow the public to see first and foremost the dark side of Hollywood back in the days of the studio system.

I highly recommend seeing this movie. Even if you're not particularly familiar with Garland, the acting and storyline will keep you glued to the television set.

My rating is 9 out of ten.

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