Episode 47: A Star is Born (1937, 1954, 1976, 2018)


This month, instead of two separate podcasts, we're exploring our theme through one episode that explores 4 films. Episode 47 tackles the resilient story of A Star is Born, comparing & contrasting the aspects of the story that makes it so resonant that it speaks to the culture 80 years on from its first version. The discussion touches on the four versions; the original, from 1937, directed by William Wellman and starring Janet Gaynor & Frederic March; the 1954 remake, directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Garland & James Mason; the 1976 reboot, which switched the story from Hollywood to the music industry, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson. We explore how these three versions fed into the newest version, directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Lady Gaga & Cooper.

We are joined by special guests Collin Souter (film critic featured on RogerEbert.com, and WGN radio co-host, "Monday Morning Movie Reviews". Subscribe to uncut episodes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wgn-nick-digilio-uncut-podcast/id295421953?mt=2 & Kerry Finegan (film lover, follow her on letterboxd @keyfin and instagram @keyfin)

Next we discuss Gillian Flynn (author and screenplay writer) Films &Series. Part 1: David Fincher's "Gone Girl" (2014) and the HBO series "Sharp Objects" (2018-) creator Marti Noxon | Part 2: Steve McQueen's "Widows" (2018), stay tuned!

Fresh Perspective is a bi-weekly podcast where we talk about two films based on a movie related theme. One film that’s in the theatre and one film that’s streaming and/or out on DVD. Jeff Broitman, Rebecca Martin, and Christine Sellin host. Find Fresh Perspective Podcast on the Now Playing Network, iTunes, and Spotify. Follow us on twitter: @FPPodcast312 "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreshPerspectivePodcast/

James Laczkowski