Friday Matinee: A Star is Born
Hollywood actor Norman Maine (James Mason) is a celebrity whose star is on the wane, but when he meets aspiring actress Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland), he is inspired to help her, and soon the two appear in a musical together.
Now known as Vicki Lester, she marries Norman and finds herself in demand, while his reputation continues to decline, resulting in heavy bouts of drinking.
Eventually, Vicki must choose between moving forward with her career and attempting to save her husband.
‘One of the grandest heartbreak dramas that has drenched the screen in years ... the Warners and Mr Cukor have really and truly gone to town in giving this hackneyed Hollywood story an abundance of fullness and form’ – The New York Times
'A Star Is Born is the perfect blend of drama and musical – of cinematic art and popular entertainment’ – Hollywood Reporter
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