The original birth of a star

You may have seen Judy Garland’s 1954 version of A Star Is Born, or caught Barbra Streisand’s Oscar-winning performance in the 1976 remake. But David O. Selznick’s original, which came out (in Technicolor) in 1937, is still the best of the bunch.

Here, Janet Gaynor was the aspiring starlet, Fredric March the movie star in alcoholic decline. William A. Wellman directed, and Dorothy Parker was one of the screenwriters (Budd Schulberg and Ring Lardner Jr. wrote some of the additional dialogue, including the iconic final line). The film is available, in its entirety, on Internet Archive, and it came out on DVD and Blu-ray this week, in a beautiful transfer from Kino.

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The original birth of a star