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A Star is Born (1976) [Blu-ray Book]
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Star Is Born, A (Blu-ray Book)
This film actually began with the idea of remaking A Star Is Born with the then-hot couple James Taylor and Carly Simon. Eventually, it evolved into this vanity production for Barbra Streisand, with Kris Kristofferson as the designated stud muffin. The story remains the same: A superstar on the decline meets a young singer on the way up. They marry as their career trajectories intersect, and his eventual demise is meant as a sacrifice to further boost her career by ridding her of the burden of him. Kristofferson's rock & roll numbers are decidedly lousy--Hollywood's idea of rock music--and Streisand looks good and always sounds fine (she won an Oscar for cowriting the song "Evergreen"). But you can feel her heavy hand guiding every shot; she seems to serve as puppet master for director Frank Pierson, framing every image of herself for maximum glow. The ultimate date flick (if the guy can sit still through it). --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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FILM FACT: The film won the Academy Award® for Best Original Song for "Evergreen" with the award shared by its songwriters, Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams, and was also nominated in the categories of Best Cinematography for Robert Surtees, Best Sound for Robert Knudson, Dan Wallin, Robert Glass and Tom Overton and Original Music Score for Roger Kellaway. It won five Golden Globe® Awards for Best Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy, Best Actress for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Barbra Streisand, Best Actor for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Kris Kristofferson, Best Original Score for Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher and Best Original Song for Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams for "Evergreen."
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Paul Mazursky, Joanne Linville, Oliver Clark, Venetta Fields, Clydie King, Sally Kirkland, Marta Heflin, Rita Coolidge, Tony Orlando, M. G.Read more ›
Yes, a remake. This was based on a story done in two other versions, however the story line varies in each (Star is Born with Frederic March and Janet Gaynor; the other featuring Judy Garland and James Mason. But, how great that in a wonderful, but CRAZY time of the 70's that someone should remake this story in the view of the music industry (which was changing in all direction), instead of the movie industy as it had been in the past. Kris Kristofferson portraits Norman Main as character close to his own career and life. Barbra Streisand is fantastic with her wonderfully amazing voice that moves an suprises you in so many ways in her portrail of Ester. Both do a wonderful job. Barbra's waredrobe from her closet is fantastic. Only, if I had her closet.
I remember the first time I saw the movie; that New Years Eve so many years ago. Still enjoying it to this day. A wonderful time the 70's.
Of course I now know how seminal her performance in this film is, influencing all divas since (Toni Braxton even mimics her dress and god-awful hairdo in a video). The leads play their two-dimensional characters as well as can be expected in a musical vehicle meant to showcase two singing stars. Most of the 2 ½ hour film is musical numbers from one or the other, and the plot (hackneyed even then as this was the third version) can be ignored except as it provides the frame for one of the most effective music videos I have ever seen.
This gem lies a little under half way through the film and is probably a very famous scene since it features the Academy Award-winning "Evergreen." It is set in the recording studio where Streisand character is cutting her first tracks ever with the help of her superstar hubby Kristofferson. They have just instructed his rock-n-roll backing band ("Speedway") to change their tune to fit the music that Streisand "hears in her head." Streisand and producer Gary Busey are having a heated exchange in the studio box and Busey has just said "God damn it, women!".
Quick cut to a tight shot of just a microphone on which Streisand rests an arm and her other hand holding an earphone while the guitar plucking intro of the song begins.Read more ›
It's completely camp, but still fun to watch. I wish Kristofferson would've done a better job singing, but I thought he was effective portraying a man out of control. Like Esther, I was repelled by his actions but felt I could like the person. In that respect, he's spot-on. The film has decidedly too many close-ups of Barbra, which can be annoying, but I recommend it to anyone who wants a little cheese with their wine.
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This is one of my favourite movies! I was so happy to be able to purchase a copy for myself.Published 3 months ago by Diane Trainor
The quality of the restoration was good. Problem was that the music was 'blast out of the room ' loud, while the dialogue was not. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian jayt
Kristofferson looks like the 70s rock star. Streisand is not as good. Still glad to have this film in my collection.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
J'adore Barbra Steisand et les chansons dans A star is born sont des classiquesPublished 18 months ago by Paule Carette
I have received all movies EXCEPT Major Payne, which I am still waiting for, thank you very much. I hope it comes soon as it was ordered on the same day as A star is born.Published 20 months ago by O J Jimmo
Enjoyed the movie. Saw it when it first came out years and years ago and enjoyed it again with this DVDPublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer