Mrs. Norman Maine is back—like you’ve never seen her before—in this stunning restoration of George Cukor’s behind-the-scenes Hollywood masterpiece. A musical remake of the 1937 Janet Gaynor/Fredric March drama, Star was produced as Garland’s return to the screen after a four year absence. Everything was done to create a genuinely beautiful film—from the Moss Hart scenario to the new songs by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin, the CinemaScope craftsmanship of director Cukor, and the nonpareil casting of James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford, and Tom Noonan. Judy won an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress—and, as one appreciative critic noted, could have been cited as well as Best Singer, Best Dancer, Best Comedienne, and Best Mime. Painstakingly reconstructed in 1983 to its original three-hour running time, A Star Is Born has now once again been saved from the brink of celluloid extinction using digital technology to correct damaged elements and return the film’s vibrant, saturated colors to their initial luster.
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