In 1976, I was 5 years old, but I remember seeing A Star is Born with Barbara Streisand at my dad’s house sometime in the 1980s.
My stepmother was a Streisand fan, and while I did not remember the storyline, I remembered Streisand, whose voice always captivated my attention, and whose practical and energentic depiction of characters engaged my attention.
As a young woman growing up in a world seemingly obsessed with beauty, Streisand brought beauty to even the most criticized “flaws,” and Lady Gaga does the same for the next generation of women in her rendition of Ally in the Bradley Coopers excellent remake of the classic story.
Not only is Gaga’s performance exceptional, I nearly lost sight of the actor in Cooper’s portrayal of Jack.
The film is a love story, and it is an adult look at what stardom can do for a person, both at its best and at its worst.
In a comparison of the different versions, the 1954 and 1918 musicals were recommended first, and the original 1934 version recommended next, although it was not a musical, and focused on the stardom that comes with acting more than with music.
Same Elliot plays Jack’s brother and performs an excellent supporting role as does Andrew Dice Clay as one of Jack’s old freinds.
The takes a cold hard look at the beauty and despair of human nature, and what challenges, risks and costs come with stardom.