A new A Star Is Born is just around the corner, and as every entry into the A Star Is Born cinematic universe has been nominated for an oscar (no pressure, Bradley Cooper) why not watch them all as a warm up to the new one.
What Price Hollywood? (1932)
Kicking off the week with the unofficial entry that heavily inspired the original A Star is Born. So much that it almost ended in a lawsuit for plagiarism. It is an interesting insight into early Hollywood lore.
Nominated for Best Writing-Original Story in 1932.
A Star Is Born (1937)
Great, great film. Wonderful performances by March and Gaynor, good balance between comedy and drama. The similarities between this and What Price Hollywood? is striking, but this film is way more impactful and memorable.
Winner of Best Writing-Original Story in 1938. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Fredric March), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Janet Gaynor), Best Director, Best Writing-Screenplay and Best Assistant Director. Also winner of an honorary award for color photography.
A Star Is Born (1954)
Kind of gets overshadowed the 1937 version when watched so close to another. Half way through it pretty much is exactly the same script as the original. The scenes that are new to this movie (and ironicly got deleted after it’s initial cinema run) is by far the highlights. Mason and Garland are fantastic in the roles. But I still prefer the 1937-version over this.
Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Mason), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Judy Garland), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Color), Best Costume Design (Color), Best Music-Original Song for “The Man that Got Away” and Best Music-Scoring of a Musical Picture in 1955.
A Star Is Born (1976)
Not very good. It doesn’t quite manage to hit the points that the previous movies did, although it is trying. Kris Kristofferson is believable as the self-destructing drunk musician. Maybe he has some real life experience to tap into.
Winner of Best Music-Original Song for “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)” in 1977. Nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Music-Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score.