90 Days of Oscar Nominees #53 – A Star is Born (1937)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 53rd review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Esther, everyone in this world who has ever dreamed about better things has been laughed at, don’t you know that? But there’s a difference between dreaming and doing. The dreamers just sit around and moon about how wonderful it would be if only things were different. And the years roll on and by and by they grow and they forget everything, even about their dreams. Oh yes, you want to be somebody, but you want it to be easy. Oh you modern girls give me a pain! ” – Grandmother Lettie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young woman with a dream of making it as an actress moves to Hollywood to try and get a shot at fulfilling that dream.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have heard of but never really took the time to try and find out what it was all about.

What I loved about it mostly was the fact that the story and message is so relate-able because it deals with the theme of following ones dreams no matter the cost and can be used as an allegory for most fields, not just as an actor.

The story itself is presented quite well and based on the fact that so many people are aware of the way that Hollywood itself works, the path and direction that the story takes makes so much sense.

It’s actually quite ironic that it seems as if not much has changed over the past 80 years since this film came out which makes this kind of story feel quite timeless.

The cast is great and both Janet Graynor and Fredric March are both superb in their roles here and help present the story in such a realistic fashion.

Now that I’ve seen this and enjoyed it so much, I might actually venture into seeing both of the remakes of this film to see if they are anywhere as close to being as interesting as this one was.

Bottom Line – This is such a great story because it is relate-able to just about anyone since its main theme is about fulfilling one’s dreams.  The story works really well and knowing all that most of us know about how Hollywood works, the path of the story seems quite plausible.  The cast is great and both Gaynor and March do wonderful jobs presenting this story. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When the drunken Norman Maine character raucously interrupts the Oscar presentation, it was déja vu for Janet Gaynor. She had brought her sister to the Academy Awards ceremony in 1928, when she won the first Best Actress Oscar ever awarded, for Seventh Heaven (1927). Her sister became very drunk and completely out of control, thoroughly embarrassing Gaynor. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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4 thoughts on “90 Days of Oscar Nominees #53 – A Star is Born (1937)

  1. You should watch the other remakes. Curious to see what you think. And hurry up – because the 3rd remake – with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (also making his directorial debut) is close to coming out. I’ve seen the 3 so far – the version from ’37 is impressive, but my favorite is the 50s version with James Mason and an excellent Judy Garland. Never really liked the 70s one with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand – because Barbra’s a pop singer – and I never bought thee idea that she’d win over a crowd there to see Kris’s country/rock guy. Not enough separation. Garland was a singer – whose SINGING career eclipsed that of her washed up, has been, drunk husband – a legit actor. That could happen. The last version had them both as singers – but in separate orbits fan-wise, It’s like a rap singer suddenly becoming hot with a C&W crowd. Not buying it.

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  2. I’m thrilled you enjoyed this one. I’d seen the two remakes first and watched this just because I felt obligated to make a comparison, but I was surprised how much I loved it. The others are good, but the original is the best, even if it’s not a musical. I love that grandmother especially. I’ll be interested to see how the fourth remake compares as well.

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