3SMReviews: A Star is Born (1976)

 In Drama, Everything, Skip, Woman Writer

There are few reasons to watch this film* and I recommend people stay far away from this version of the story. Unlike the other films, which made me care about an alcoholic man on the downslide and the woman who loved him, Streisand and Kristofferson did nothing to make me hope that somehow they would find a way. I think the shift from the acting world to the music world was to the film’s detriment** and my hopes are not very high for the upcoming 2018 version which is also set in the music world.***

Cost: free from the library
Where watched: at home, sighing throughout.

*Insight on 70s-era concert attire; Kris Kristofferson’s ability to spay paint backward; Gary Busey before he fixed his teeth
**Somehow, alcoholism getting in the way of filming a movie is much less egregious than alcoholism getting in the way of a concert performance. Those people paid good money to hear you play your songs, not to sit in the sun for four hours waiting for you to get around to going on stage.
***My hopes are higher for the music of the 2018 version. The 1976 music was Not. Very. Good.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/1976/star_is_born.html

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  • Sara K.

    Ummmm…the cover. It is icky. Like I already get the message that this is a no.

    • stenaros

      I was chattering about the many Star is Born version to Zoe, back when we still worked together. She googled, as she was want to do, and was profoundly disturbed by the cover.

      I think I saw that album a lot during the phase where I looked for records in pawn shops, so while I recognize it is skeevy, some of the punch has worn off.

      The Cube Critics’ Stephanie Curtis recently talked about all of the three current versions. She was very upfront about why this version was not a good film, but she still found enjoyment in just how bad it was.

      Cube Critics look back – and forward – at “A Star is Born” September 17, 2018. I can’t link directly to the podcast, so interested parties will have to google.

  • Sara K.

    5+6 completed before bed. I had been missing my PCC connection so it was nice to add this to my to do list for the day and take a minute to connect. Tomorrow has to be hyper focused but more 5+5 commenting posts are coming soon!

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