backstage with stars

A Star is Born (1954). A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Judy Garland is totally transcendent as a young woman who becomes an overnight sensation following her connection to a failing film star. The film is gracious, compelling, and beautifully-made. It bounds off the screen in a way that belies it’s length and, well, pretty melodramatic plot. It’s terrific, and it’s heartbreaking. 8/10.