The Cinema Museum
Sunday 16th February 2020, 2:00pm - 5:00pmDoors open: 1:00pm
(£8.68 including booking fee)
About Film: Musical Sunday: A Star is Born (1954)
Musical Sunday opens its 2020 season with a screening of A Star is Born (1954), starring Judy Garland and James Mason.
A Star is Born, is the story of aspiring singer Esther Blodgett and former matinee idol Norman Maine, whose paths cross affecting their lives, hearts and careers. Featuring what many consider Judy Garland’s greatest performance as Esther, her voice soaring through classic tunes including ‘Swanee’, ‘Someone at last’ and ‘The Man That Got Away’.
Based on the 1937 black and white A Star is Born film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, its themes have seen it remade ever since. In 2018 Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper smoldered their way through the deep end and shallows of love, success and the music industry. In the 70’s Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristopherson gave us their Evergreen tale of passion and the rise and fall of celebrity.
However the 1954 Judy Garland and James Mason version cast the template for those later musical extravaganzas. Directed in cinemascope by George Cukor, this was a return to the screen for Garland, having been released from her contract with MGM in 1950. It proved a triumphant and critically acclaimed homecoming that resulted in an Oscar nomination for both her and Mason, and a best original song nomination for the Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin penned number ‘The Man That Got Away’.
Garland is currently back in the public consciousness due to Renee Zellweger’s award winning performance in Judy. Come and enjoy the original star in her iconic inimitable fashion. So forget the worries of the world for a few hours, and brighten up your wintery Valentine’s weekend with Musical Sunday.
Doors open at 13.00, and the film starts at 14.00.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.
The Cinema Museum
2 Dugard Way,