The Star (1952)


“If you’re a star you don’t stop being a star.” – Margaret Elliott

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A former movie star tries to reignite her struggling career while also attempting to get her personal life back on track.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I never heard about before coming across it during my recent quest to watch and review all films that have received Oscar nominations in the Acting categories.

Bette Davis is perfectly cast in the lead role and her performances shows how great an actress she can be especially when given a role like this which is seemingly not too far from fiction.

She deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for her work on this film even if it isn’t one of her very best performances.

She shows how much range she has as an actress and there is an aura of maturity in her performance.

She has great chemistry with co-star Sterling Hayden and we get a clear feeling about the way that these characters feel about one another outwardly and inwardly.

This is a movie that is able to give the viewer insight into the way that actors view their work and their talent especially when they begin to get older.

The way that many actors are in denial about their advancing age is the main reason that many of them prefer to play younger characters and in turn, Hollywood doesn’t make enough movies featuring older characters like this one.

The story plays out in an interesting way and does a fine job once again establishing the caliber of actress that Davis was.

Bottom Line – Davis is perfectly cast in this film and shows how great an actress she can be with this role that might have hit too close to home. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here and that has a lot to do with the fact that she shows so much range and maturity with this character. Her chemistry with Hayden is great and we can see the way that each feel about one another on both the inside and outside. The film also finds a way to give us insight into the way that actors view their careers and how despite the fact that they get older, they don’t necessarily wish to play parts of characters that are of similar age to themselves. The story works well and establishes that Davis was still a formidable actress at the time. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Davis used the phrase, “bless you!” in the film as a term of endearment. In reality, she was making fun of Joan Crawford, who usually signed autographs that way and used the phrase to thank people. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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