A Star Is Born is an American romantic musical themed film starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga and her musical collaborators Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won the 2019 OSCARS Best Original Song for the track ‘Shallow’.
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Musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down and Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own demons.
A Star Is Born Karaoke Backing Tracks:
- Always Remember Us This Way
- Before I Cry
- Black Eyes
- Heal Me
- I’ll Never Love Again
- Is That Alright
- La Vie En Rose
- Look What I Found
- Maybe It’s Time
- Why Did You Do That
Jackson “Jack” Maine, a famous country music singer privately battling an alcohol and drug addiction, plays a concert in California. His main support is Bobby, his manager and older half-brother. After the show, Jack visits a drag bar where he witnesses a performance by Ally, a waitress and singer-songwriter. Jack is amazed by her performance, and they spend the night talking to each other, where Ally discloses to him the troubles she has faced in pursuing a professional music career.
Jack invites Ally to his next show. Despite her initial refusal she attends and, with Jack’s encouragement, sings on stage with him. Jack invites Ally to go on tour with him, and they form a romantic relationship. In Arizona, Ally and Jack visit the ranch where Jack grew up and where his father is buried, only to discover that Bobby sold the land. Angered at his betrayal, Jack punches Bobby, who subsequently quits as his manager. Before doing so, Bobby reveals that he did inform Jack about the sale, but the latter was too inebriated to notice.
While on tour Ally meets Rez, a record producer who offers her a contract. Although visibly bothered, Jack still supports her decision. Rez refocuses Ally away from country music and towards pop. Jack misses one of Ally’s performances after he passes out drunk in public; he recovers at the home of his best friend George “Noodles” Stone, and later makes up with Ally. There he proposes to Ally with an impromptu ring made from a loop of guitar string, and they are married that same day at a church ministered by a relative of Noodles.
During Ally’s performance on Saturday Night Live, Bobby reconciles with Jack. Later, Jack and Ally fight after he drunkenly voices his disapproval of Ally’s new image and music, which is nominated for three Grammy Awards. At the Grammys, a visibly intoxicated Jack performs in a tribute to Roy Orbison, and Ally wins the Best New Artist award. When she goes up on stage to receive her award, Jack follows her, where he wets himself and passes out. Ally’s father Lorenzo berates Jack and Ally helps him sober up. Jack joins a rehabilitation program shortly thereafter.
Jack recovers in rehab for about two months, where he discloses to his counsellor that he attempted suicide when he was 13 years old. He also mentions that he has tinnitus, which has been getting worse. He tearfully apologises to Ally for his behaviour, and returns home. Ally wishes to bring Jack to perform with her on the European leg of her tour; Rez refuses, prompting Ally to cancel the remainder of the tour so she can care for Jack.
Rez later confronts Jack, accusing him of holding Ally back. That evening, Ally lies to Jack, and tells him that her record label has cancelled her tour so she can focus on her second album. Jack promises that he will come to her concert that night, but after Ally leaves, he hangs himself in their garage.
Ally becomes inconsolable after Jack’s death. She is visited by Bobby, who explains Jack’s death was his own fault and not hers. Ally takes a song that Jack had written but never performed and sings it at a tribute concert, introducing herself as Ally Maine.
1937 – Staring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March
The original A Star Is Born film follows the journey of aspiring actress Esther Blodgett (Gaynor) as she picks up her small-town life in North Dakota and moves to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood. After a failed attempt to find a job as an extra, Esther meets famed actor Norman Maine (March) at a party, and despite his obvious drunkenness, they hit it off. With Norman’s help, Esther — under her new stage name, Vicki Lester — eventually lands a role opposite him in a major film, and almost overnight, she becomes a bonafide celebrity. The two actors then get married.
Throughout the remainder of the film, Esther’s (er, Vicki’s) fame continues to skyrocket while Norman’s continues to plummet … and the ex-superstar falls in and out of his alcoholism before ultimately drowning himself in the ocean and leaving Esther to navigate the traps of Hollywood on her own.
Setting the stage for future adaptations, the original A Star Is Born tells an unlikely love story while exploring the pitfalls of fame. But as some critics are quick to point out, it lacks the empathy toward its main character’s alcoholism and overall depth that later versions possess. ) Also interesting? There are no musical numbers involved in the original movie whatsoever, despite the fact that they would later become a trademark of its remakes.
1954 – Staring Judy Garland and James Mason
In the film’s first remake (and perhaps its most well-known version), we find Esther (Garland) making a modest career for herself with her band in Los Angeles. When former superstar Norman (Mason) stumbles upon a show of hers one evening, he immediately recognizes her talent and urges her to pursue a career in acting, as well.
From here, the 1954 version of A Star Is Bornclosely follows the plot of the original film — but this time around, it spends much more time focusing on Esther (eventually called Vicki) as an artist and her talents. In fact, this remake is nearly three hours long … and packed full of musical numbers that let Garland’s voice truly shine. Critics also admit that the love story is more compelling in the second version of the film.
1976 Staring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
If the 1954 version of A Star Is Born closely echoes the plot of its predecessor, the 1976 version completely turns it on its head. In this remake, Esther Hoffman (Streisand) meets falling rockstar John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) at a bar, where she rescues him from a drunken fight with a fan. Despite his obvious struggles with alcoholism, the pair hits it off, and they quickly become romantically involved.
While performing at a concert some time later, John invites Esther to join him on stage, and she blows the audience away with her stunning vocals. Esther’s career quickly takes off from there, and her stardom ultimately begins to outshine John’s — which, in turn, leads to his untimely demise.
Although this adaptation can take credit for transforming A Star Is Born from a story about old Hollywood fame into one about the toxic “rockstar lifestyle,” it was far from a hit with critics.