Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Star Is Born In New York, New York (1977)

If “A Star Is Born” is a love letter to Hollywood’s myth about Hollywood, then “New York New York” (1977 starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro) is a love letter to Hollywood’s myth about New York.  Director Martin Scorsese … Continue reading

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A Star Is Forced Upon The Audience For Two Painful Hours (1976)

I think it says a lot for my commitment to this project that I actually sat through all of the terrible 1976 “A Star Is Born” starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  I almost gave up the project right here. … Continue reading

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A Greater Star Is Born (1954)

The 1954 version of “A Star Is Born” (starring Judy Garland and James Mason) is undoubtedly the best.  Made when the studio system was teetering towards disaster,  the film perfectly captures the contradiction of Hollywood in the ‘50s: filled to … Continue reading

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The First Star Is Born (1937)

The original “A Star Is Born” (1937 starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March) is a Depression-era fable about the joys and sorrows of Hollywood.  Though the first of its name, the story is actually lifted from an earlier Depression-era fable … Continue reading

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A Blog is (re)Born!

Now is the time for making New Years Resolutions and breaking them the next week, and in that spirit I have resolved to resurrect this blog!  For the brief time it existed, this blog happily occupied my mind, and even … Continue reading

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