A Star is Born, there are 4 version of the movie with the same name/title at year 1937, 1954, 1976 and 2018. Throughout 70 years, everyone still loves to watch the movie so much. Why? You should be wonder why Hollywood let this happens again and again.
Clearly that everyone loves this story, a story about a Famous Celebrities with a Ingenue uprising Star. We loves to watch the journey of a ingenue, work hard, and become famous at the end, everyone loves that. As we can see other country is making the similar story again and again.
Let us see what is the similarity of all version.
1. Famous one meet up with a ingenue one
2. Famous one train the ingenue one
3. Famous one with lot of bad habits
4. Famous one start to face denied/down falls
5. Ingenue one start to become Famous
6. Famous one commit suicide
If you ask, if you ask me which version of A Star is Born I like the most, I will say I like the 1954 version for the whole, but 1976 for the part of sacrifice from the guy part.
Love, Career needs to be balance, balance in all term. Partner needs supports side by side, need to be sensitive on noticing spouse feeling, pick them up when they’re down, they’re sad. If you overlook it, that is the real sad case.
OK Now, we go through them one by one…
1937: Starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March
Starring by the first Oscar Awards Best Actress, Janet Gaynor with Fredric March, this is the first A Star is Born. Can say this is the most Original version.
Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor), a farm girl who went to Hollywood with the hopes of she can be someone special. unfortunately she faced so many disappointments until She meets successful actor Norman Maine (Fredric March), who guide her in acting career and the pair fall in love. She changed the name to Vicki Lester as actress. As Vicki becomes a big name, Norman lost everything to his alcoholism. At the end, Norman drown himself in the sea. Vicki announce to everyone, “Hello, I’m Mrs. Norman Maine…” (Vicki is the only good act left behind, and the only one last thing of Norman Maine in this world)
All the subsequent remakes 1954, 1976 and 2018 would contain musical, there are none in this first version.
1954: Starring Judy Garland and James Mason
The story is similar to 1937 movie, with a young singer discovered by a Star actor who facing denial in his career. He started to jealous her success, and feel sad on his own falls. In the end, kills himself by walking into the sea.
The main reason of he killing himself due to he losing his way of life, his pride (being taken off by the studio publicist accuses him of living on wife’s earnings). The part he crying in his bed after over heard the conversation about his career is completely damaged by himself, that’s sad when you got nothing left.
1976: Starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
The third movie has the most similarity with the 1937 and 1976 remake. It moved the story background from Hollywood to the music industry, and has a rock star as its male lead and big-name musician Barbra Streisand as its ingenue.
This version about singer, and the awards changed from Oscar Awards to Grammy Awards. This version we don’t see how bad he influenced by Alcoholism, but we can see how he can sacrifice himself for her. At the end, he drove his Ferrari Daytona away fast, restlessly, and kills himself in a accident.
He actually recorded a new song, a song for her, where she discover after his death at home, when she suddenly hear his voice through a cassette player.
2018: Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
The overall plot of the 2018 A Star Is Born feels very similar to the 1976 version, but there are still some significant differences.
Bradley Cooper, doubled as its director and lead actor; Lady Gaga as Lead Actress. This version of course is better, the love in first sight with Lady Gaga, they sing along in front of convenience shop, how they link together with music, how they performs together, how he make her as star.
Although we don’t see lot of explanation and part of Jackson down falls in this movie, we don’t see all the worst part in previous version, only alcoholism.
As a man, a human, we need to have a strong mind, Strong soul. If you’re a celebrities or someone famous, then you need a tougher mindset than everyone else, because the critics you gonna get will be double, triple times compare to normal soul. You will get all the glory and you will also get all the blame all any single mistake.
Friends, Fans, if you have any issues trouble you so much, please consult someone, your sibling, your spouse or your family and friends.