My A STAR IS BORN Breakdown

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Now that I have FINALLY seen all four versions of this classic Hollywood story, including a re-watch of the 2018 version last night, I discovered that all four versions have their virtues and would offer the following breakdown of said virtues:

MY FAVORITE VERSION: 1954 Version

MY FAVORITE NORMAN MAINE/JOHN NORMAN HOWARD/JACKSON MAINE: Fredric March (1937 version)

MY FAVORITE ESTHER BLODGETT/HOFFMAN/ALLY: Judy Garland (1954 Version)

BEST DIRECTED VERSION: 2018 Version

BEST SONG INTRODUCTION OF ESTHER: Nothing will ever top "The Man that Got Away" (1954 Version)

BEST OVERALL SONG SCORE: The 1976 version..."Watch Closely Now", "Queen Bee", "Everything", "Woman in the Moon", "I Believe in Love", "Hellacious Acres", "With One More Look at You", and the incomparable, Oscar-winning "Evergreen."

BEST NORMAN MAINE MANAGER: TIE: Sam Elliott (2018 version) and Gary Busey (1976 Version)

BEST LIBBY THE PRESS AGENT: Jack Carson (1954 Version)

BEST CHEMISTRY BETWEEN LEADS: 2018 Version

BEST DISRUPTING THE AWARD CEREMONY SCENE: 2018 Version

BEST NORMAN MAINE SUICIDE SCENE: This is a tough one, but I loved Streisand's controversial 1976 version because it really isn't made clear whether or not John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) committed suicide or was just in a tragic accident.

BEST NORMAN MAINE/ESTHER BLODGETT DUET: Jackson Maine and Ally performing "The Shallow" in the 2018 version.

BEST FINAL SCENE: Scoff if you will, but I have to go with Streisand's performance of "With One More Look at You/Watch Closely Now" at the end of the 1976 version.



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Nice breakdown. I have yet to see the three older versions. I want to see the 1976 version more than all the others.
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I haven't seen the latest A Star Is Born, I'm not real interested in it, I might catch it sometime.

I didn't care for the 1976 Barbra Streisand version. Not surprisingly I liked the 1937 & 1954 versions best. Fredrick March was amazing in the original and the song Judy sang "The Man that Got Away" was aces! I loved the staging on that song and the camera work.