Sunday, October 7, 2018

Eighty-five years of "A Star Is Born": Trailers from 1932 to 2018

Many people consider the 1932 film, "What Price Hollywood?" as the precursor of the "A Star Is Born" storyline, based on a story by Adela Rogers St. John. With Constance Bennett as the waitress who dreams of becoming a star, and Lowell Sherman as the director who falls in love with her, ushers her to stardom, and who is eventually ruined by drink. Directed by George Cukor, who later filmed the 1954 remake of "A Star Is Born."

From 1937: William Wellman's original take, produced by David O. Selznick, in color, with Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, and the great character actors Andy Devine, and Lionel Stander.

An astonishing trailer for the 1954 George Cukor version. The buildup to Judy Garland's return to the screen after a four year absence is truly incredible. With James Mason (playing Norman Maine) and Jack Carson. Unlike the 1937 version, this is a musical, as have been the other two remakes.

This is so 1970s. Barbra Streisand (rechristened Esther Hoffman) and Kris Kristofferson (newly named John Norman Howard, rock star) as the star-crossed lovers.

Rarely, in recent memory, has a new movie that wasn't part of a superhero franchise caused as much of a stir as the newest version of "A Star Is Born" with Bradley Cooper (as Jackson Maine), Lady Gaga (as Ally), Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott. Critics are calling this Gaga's movie, but the trailer focuses on Cooper, who also co-wrote and directed.