Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's version of A Star Is Born is actually the third adaptation of the original 1937 film. Each version has given its own generation's twist to the tale of a starlet rising as her talented and tormented mentor's own star fades.
While the original film followed the rocketing success of a young actress, the following three remakes, including the 2018 version of A Star Is Born, replaced the aspiring actress with an aspiring singer and injected the films with plenty of songs and musical numbers. What remains the same across all four films is the undeniable talent of the female lead, the tragic alcoholism of her mentor and love interest, and the story of two people at different points of their career who find love despite it all.
A Star Is Born is unique as a story that has been freshly told for almost every generation that could go see a movie in the theater. But which versions tells this classic story best?
A Star Is Born is a 1954 American musical film written by Moss Hart, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and directed by George Cukor. Hart's screenplay was an adaptation of the original 1937 film, which was based on the original screenplay by Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, and from the same story by William A. Wellman and Carson, with uncredited input from six additional writers -- David O. Selznick, Ben Hecht, Ring Lardner, Jr., John Lee Mahin, Budd Schulberg and Adela Rogers St. John. In 2000, the 1954 film was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Judy Garland, Amanda Blake, Laurindo Almeida, Charles Bickford, Jack Carson, + more
Initial Release: 1954
Directed by: George Cukor
Screenplay by: Dorothy Parker, Robert Carson, Moss Hart, Alan Campbell
A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper. A movie star (Cooper) helps a young singer/actress (Stefani Germanotta) find fame, even as age and personal battles send his own career into a downward spiral. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle
Directed by: Bradley Cooper
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A Star Is Born is a 1976 American rock music musical film telling the story of a young woman, played by Barbra Streisand, who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established male star, played by Kris Kristofferson, only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. It is a remake of two earlier versions – the 1937 version was a drama starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, and the 1954 version was a musical film starring Judy Garland and James Mason. This version was the highest-grossing of the three films. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Barbra Streisand, Gary Busey, Kris Kristofferson, Sally Kirkland, Oliver Clark, + more
Initial Release: 1976
Directed by: Frank Pierson
Screenplay by: Joan Didion, Frank Pierson, William A. Wellman, Alvin Sargent, Robert Carson, + more
A Star Is Born is a 1937 Technicolor romantic drama film produced by David O. Selznick and directed by William A. Wellman, with a script by Wellman, Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell. It stars Janet Gaynor as an aspiring Hollywood actress, and Fredric March as an aging movie star who helps launch her career. Other members of the cast include Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine, Lionel Stander and Carole Landis. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, Andy Devine, Lionel Stander, + more
Initial Release: 1937
Directed by: William A. Wellman, Jack Conway
Screenplay by: Dorothy Parker, Robert Carson, Alan Campbell