Join us at the ESQUIRE THEATRE for a weekend of music, love and the pitfalls of fame as we revisit all FOUR versions of the classic love story A STAR IS BORN
A STAR IS BORN (1937) Starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, Directed by William Wellman & Jack Conway and Written by: Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Bob Carson, Ring Lardner Jr., Budd Schulberg, David O. Selznick, William Wellman, John Lee Mahin, Ben Hecht, Adela Rogers St. John, W. Howard Greene
Scoring a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes this David O. Selznick started it all!
Synopsis: A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.
A STAR IS BORN (1954) Starring Judy Garland and James Mason, Directed by George Cukor
Certified Fresh on Rotten tomatoes with a 98%, the Critics Consensus: "A Star is Born is a movie of grand scope and intimate moments, featuring Judy Garland's possibly greatest performance."
Synopsis: A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
A STAR IS BORN (1976) Starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, directed by Frank R. Pierson
Synopsis: Drunken, has-been rock star John Norman Howard falls in love with unknown singer, Esther Hoffman, after seeing her perform at a club. He lets her sing a few songs at one of his shows and she becomes the talk of the music industry. Esther's star begins to rise, while John's continues to fall. She tries desperately to get John to sober up and focus on his music, but it may be too late to save him.
A STAR IS BORN (2018) Starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, directed by Bradley Cooper.
Certified Fresh on Rotten tomatoes with a 90%, the Critics Consensus: "With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling."
Synopsis: Jackson Maine, a country music star on the brink of decline, discovers a talented unknown named Ally. As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jackson coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as Ally's career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory.