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Comparing Every Version of A Star Is Born

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I took a look at each version of A Star Is Born and what they say about our cultural and cinematic history. Check out my channel for more. Also I highly recommend Ron Haver's book if you're into production history: https://www.amazon.com/Star-Born-Making-Movie-Restoration/dp/1557835632 I'm here: https://twitter.com/bkrewind https://www.patreon.com/user?u=14743258
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Cosmo Gaffney-Watts (1 day ago)
lol... me here with my best friend named Esther
xox_Brittany_22 (2 days ago)
There were others??? 🤔
Bob Jackson (3 days ago)
Saw the last one and enjoyed it. I didn't realise just how similar they all are. Garland overacts and for me is painful to watch. Good video.
Imbi (4 days ago)
Bitch put spoilers because i didnt know what happened
Kelsey Earls (4 days ago)
i just watched it for the shallow 😂
ButterflyColors (4 days ago)
This video was really good. It really helped me understand and appreciate this franchise even more.
John Hylas Smith (4 days ago)
Thanks, great job, I loved it. Yeh, do more.
Nastassja Mowbray (4 days ago)
More on this please!
Jony loves cats (4 days ago)
Great video!
Esmee Kok (5 days ago)
Gaga best
Kiara Lobo (5 days ago)
Yall missed the Bollywood version called ‘Aashiqui 2’
Patavinity (5 days ago)
15:51 "The previous Normans can't handle losing their identity" Except all James Mason does in this scene is raise his eyebrows. That's hardly 'not handling' it. I get pissed off (occasionally) when people get my name wrong too, so I don't see why that 'wouldn't work' any more.
Miles (6 days ago)
newest star is born would have been better if it was actually about the title character and if, in this hypothetical version where it's about her, there's a scene where she shaves her head a la britney spears to signify throwing off all those studio decisions that were being forced on her
Heather Reichle (9 days ago)
Love this video! Have watched it quite a few times now, enjoying the comparisons. Just one thing... at 17:36 you mention 12 octaves. I think you meant pitches or notes. There are 12 (including half steps) pitches between the octave. That's what they meant in the movie.
Sizo Mahlangu (10 days ago)
Really great work!
Bruce Lucenta (10 days ago)
I was quite disappointed in the 2018 version. Don't know exactly what I expected, but know that wasn't it. Having seen all of them, my favorite was probably the Streisand version. Particularly since that was the time of my hayday or maybe because I understood it better having been about 20 years old at that time.
Michael R (11 days ago)
For what it's worth, Judy Garland's performance is one of my favourite performances, Oscar or no Oscar
M Green (11 days ago)
Jane Jane (12 days ago)
can you make a reaction now, after you have watched gaga's movie and decide which would be your favorite?
Owen Theriault (14 days ago)
I think the new versions pacing was a little weird and I feel like if they worked on that a little bit more might have been better I love that I got the tragedy at the end and love story throughout at and even going over the soundtrack you hear the love story it's crazy
Terry Nicholetti (16 days ago)
So glad I discovered you. I loved this analysis of the four films. You are gifted and knowledgeable and I will look forward to more. One small point - Sam Elliot's comment was about "the same 12 notes," which includes all the white and black keys in an octave, not "the same 12 octaves," which would be those 12 notes over and over twelve times. Thanks!
So glad I discovered you. I loved this analysis of the four films. You are gifted and knowledgeable and I will look forward to more. One small point - Sam Elliot's comment was about "the same 12 notes," which includes all the white and black keys in an octave, not "the same 12 octaves," which would be those 12 notes over and over twelve times. Thanks!
Mike Pitman (18 days ago)
New York, New York (1977) is also a thinly veiled retelling of the same story. I'm sure there must be others, too.
Sharron Baudier (18 days ago)
2018 Version I thought was terrible..Sorry all but the others were a lot better hard to believe it won awards
holly golightly (19 days ago)
This version sucked. Bad Imitation but Bradley tried..You can’t remake the Barbra version.. her charm and giggles her beautiful talent, the great scenes ,I couldent get though this choppy one and I can’t stand lookin at Gaga she’s so ugly, the songs are slow and depressing, go watch the Barbra and Kris Kristofferson one, you’ll know exactly why it’s the best one ever❤️
Wennes Mota (19 days ago)
Lady Gaga is the best!
Tina Marie Demerath (19 days ago)
Definitely like this. I’ve been wanting to see the other three movies again (I’ve seen the third one, but was quite young, so I want to see it from the perspective of an adult.).
Shepherd boy (19 days ago)
Very well done and presented!!
Kate Connors (20 days ago)
Haven't gotten thru all 3000+ comments yet, but one change that seems really significant in the latest film is that there's a villain. Maine just doesn't overhear something and decide to end it -- Ally's manager lays it on the line, which sabotages what might, just possibly, be a true recovery. Anyway, really enjoyed the analysis!
O Man (21 days ago)
Wrong. The worst of the depression was NOT over in 1937. Do some research!
Alejandro Adams (22 days ago)
The reference was Not "12 Octaves' (Humans can only hear '10')... But How different musicians perceive the 12 Notes or semi-tones within an Octave.....Loved the comprehensive review of everything else though!
luann rice (23 days ago)
The movie would have been much better without the "f" word in every sentence! Gross! Some scenes were too long and needed cutting.
Esther Fleece (26 days ago)
The name ESTHER means STAR. To change Esther’s name misses the point of a star being born.
Shaine MacDonald (28 days ago)
I found Lady Gaga's character to be way too understanding of her husbands drunken behaviour. I don't think most women in 2018 would put up with that shit!
Shnehansu Raj Baruah (29 days ago)
Holy shit. I just realized there is a Bollywood movie with the exact same plot, Aashiqui 2. The plot is exactly the same. Young new artist, established male artist with alcohol problem. Its the same
kashiandevs (30 days ago)
There's actually another lesser-known version of this story from Bollywood called 'Aashiqi 2' from a couple of years ago. It's pretty good too. Goes to show the universality of this story.
Abby Louise Rexroth (1 month ago)
Thank you, this is exactly what I wanted to know without having to watch each of the versions. BTW 2018 version was just mind bogglingly good!
SDMusic (1 month ago)
17:30-“The same 12 octaves”.....🙉....nope
acLewBert (30 days ago)
SDMusic exactly. It's 12 notes in an octave that repeats. Whoops.
manicmaggi (1 month ago)
I liked the Barabara Streisand version, but I also love Lady Gaga and I wish she would wear less makeup, she looks so beautiful in her natural state.
BEE TV Productions! (1 month ago)
I didn’t know about the other versions
Martin Basten (1 month ago)
Wait.. is 1954 where the anime One Piece came from?
ChrissyCat (1 month ago)
LOVE the newest version the MOST. Ripped my heart right the fuck out. I was Jackson- sans musical talent- ( I can sing but no instruments). If my spouse had given up on me I wouldn't be here today. Together 13yrs & I've been sober 7yrs7mos. .. Like BC says- "Maybe Its Time"....💙
ssell87 (1 month ago)
I think I know where they got the image for one piece now lmao 😂
Barry hairy chest Gibb (1 month ago)
Gotta love Janet gaynor
Kartik Aman Saraf (1 month ago)
Don’t forget the Hindi version - Aashiqui 2
Debra Lee (1 month ago)
Thank you for this, yes Im interested in all the above! Great job. Loved it! More please:-)
Alexa Moonlight (1 month ago)
Judy and Barbara are the best and the sweetiest 🖤
DiBrava Rantz (1 month ago)
No comparison! Gaga isn't even a close contender. She is a horrible singer and even worse actress. All Hype.
victoria cazottes (1 month ago)
Just a little pointer, when you said that you forgot about "funny lady", it's actually funny girl, just wanted you to know😊 ps I looove barbra so so so much more than the others and I love funny girl❤
R.H. Lemorande (1 month ago)
In an otherwise intelligent piece, you come across as a mediocre thinker by constantly using trite and soon-to-be abandoned tropes such as "unpack". Five times! Maybe more. I stopped watching after the fifth.
Ryan Connelly (1 month ago)
Robin (1 month ago)
I’ve seen all four Star is Born movies this latest one was excellent. I liked the Janet Gaynor and Judy Garland versions the best. I could not buy Streisand as a rock star. The first three movies, to me, were about the sacrifices a female star makes and the difficulty of staying in a relationship when you are doing better than your male partner. In the first three you can’t help but see that this guy is going to be a terrible drag. You also see that he really is done. He’s destroyed his talent. There is no coming back. Ester is blind to this, and it’s frustrating. By the end of movies 1,2 and 3, you see that Norman is a complete failure. Ester is the only one who can’t see it. Norman’s death, awful as it is, is something of a relief. The latest Star is Born is different. Jackson is struggling but he still has talent. Ally sees that, and she isn’t kidding herself. Jackson loves Ally with his whole being, and he takes rehab seriously. In fact he appears to be finding his old creative side before Ally’s manager convinces him he’s destroying Ally’s life. But unlike in the first 3 movies we see that Jackson is not destroying her life. He is recovering and Ally wants to support that. Jackson’s suicide is a terrible waste. This is the only Star is Born where a different ending may have been possible. It’s the only one where I was pulling for the couple. We also know so much more about addiction and recovery. We know more people who are living successful lives after rehab. I wish they’d considered another ending but of course, it would have been a different movie then.
Kimberly Goodwin (1 month ago)
Judy and Barbara were the best!
Joni Pass (1 month ago)
I’m probably late to the party but did you notice “Auntie Em” at 2:32? Ironically, “Dorothy” starred in the next version of A Star in Born.
Mooshieloo (1 month ago)
I think all 4 versions have their merits. Gaga and Cooper were both wonderful in the latest. (Sam Elliot mumbled his lines in a deep drawl, and it was hard to understand what he was saying.) Judy should have won the Oscar - her performance and vocals were simply stunning. A great musical score too! The '37 version is just wonderful as well - no music, but the story is told so well, all the way through. Being a avid Streisand fan, for nearly 50 years, I think the 1976 version was truly entertaining. Especially considering all the marvelous original songs: Queen Bee, Woman In The Moon, Once More Look At You, Lost Inside Of You and Evergreen. All gorgeous compositions. I think the final scene with Gaga, singing I'll Never Love Again was better, though, than Barbra's. I like that they chose to end the movie with a strong, emotional love ballad, rather than a bouncy rock tune. IMO, Barbra's final song also seemed a bit self-absorbed to me.
Jim Rassinier (1 month ago)
Why would you do this? Do you really think women have this issue?
Dee Palmer (1 month ago)
What do you mean, “no one is named Esther anymore”? Where did you get that gem from? We have 3 Esthers in our family, including a 3 year old. I think there should be a retraction here...AND an apology. OH!!! And it’s Twelve notes...not 12 octaves. Smh. I guess you’re not a musician?
VenessA (1 month ago)
Aasiqui 2 (a major hit Bollywood movie , woh equally popular music) had the same story too
Lucy Meade (1 month ago)
The jump from the third to the fourth movie in camera quality is absolutely crazy to me
Felipe Fernández (1 month ago)
11:18 AND YES, GAGA WON 👏🏻🖤
Elisabeth Wagner (1 month ago)
I would love to see you make another video on A Star is Born!! I love this one.
susan ferguson (1 month ago)
The 2018 version reinforces the message to selfie culture - kill yourself and become a hero 😐
david sanchez-cortes (1 month ago)
They should remake this piece of shit 4 more times
Caitlin Smykil (1 month ago)
Twelve notes. Twelve notes in an octave.
Brittany Alyssa (1 month ago)
i had no idea there was any other versions!
ittibittinurse (1 month ago)
I have watched all versions and the Streisand version is the best.
Muskaan Dudeja (1 month ago)
Where is Aashiqui 2 lol
Alexis (1 month ago)
so everyone loves the newest star is born where bradley's character takes a previously women centric story and makes it about him? cool. cool cool cool.
Christine Sibug (1 month ago)
I really love the star is born 2018. I dint know why other people thought that it isnt. Its like rutherless. But i guess its better that they explain how jackson died. 😢😢
Christopher Rippel (1 month ago)
1st, loved your video.. 2nd, Not 12 octaves - 12 notes. (A piano has 7 octaves.) 12 notes in one octave.
Stephanie Jane (1 month ago)
What do you mean by they all had the same behind the scenes story? What was the dramatic behind the scenes stuff with the 4th version?
Jo LC (1 month ago)
I'm sorry, I will never truly like the Lady Gaga version of A Star is Born. Particularly, because she wasn't even supposed to be the star in the modern-day remake. That was actually supposed to be Beyonce, with Clint Eastwood directing. But because actors kept refusing to work with Beyonce, including Bradley Cooper himself, the project was shelved. But I see mr. Cooper took it off the shelf, put his name on it, and made the story more about himself while using who he apparently believes is on the same level in the modern-day world as Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. Yeah... I'll pass.
beibiboi2 (1 month ago)
Love your channel! I need more, more, more, more!
Luke Halpenny (1 month ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGkrdxqwKMY check out my edit of the film <3
Justin Cole (1 month ago)
Thank you for doing this...I'm so interested in seeing the others now. I love the newest one so much!
Belinda Hodges (1 month ago)
I was not a Lady Gaga os and until this movie I will buy the soundtrack
I love and appreciate that you pointed out how people in the industry took all hispanic characteristics in Rita Hayworth's appearance and completely erased them in order to make her look "more appealing".
James Edmonds (1 month ago)
https://youtu.be/OlkcDV-OS9s. Check this out ......... 😎
MELEA BOYD (1 month ago)
I liked the new a star is born
gwyneth chloe gilana (1 month ago)
And now Stef got an Oscar 😭❤️
Dipanwita Mullick (1 month ago)
Aashiqui 2, is a 2013 Indian romantic musical drama film ... with storyline based on the 1937 American film A Star Is Born...Set in the early 2010s, Aashiqui 2 is a love story centering on the turbulent relationship between musicians Rahul and Arohi, and is a spiritual successor to the 1990 musical film Aashiqui, ... and initially caused concern in the Indian media that it could not live up to the high standards and success of the original... Made on a budget of budget of ₹90 million (US$1.3 million), ...the film earned ₹1.09 billion (US$15 million). - From WIKIPEDIA. * The biggest star this film launched (and still ruling) was Arijit Singh, the singer who sang for the male lead, a common practise in the Indian film industry which uses original (movie specific) song writing, music and singers (who are not acting on-screen).
Mikaelle Cartright (1 month ago)
Great job Lady. You really unpacked 4 films and gave me a desire to actually watch all of them. Thank you for your analysis...
Karen Brown (1 month ago)
I think one of the issues that may have driven the change from acting to singing was the death of the studio system, which was already on the ropes when Judy Garland's version came out, but she definitely came from it. The idea that an actor was pretty much signed to ONE studio, who had a lot of stake in maintaining a certain image, and may come in to clean up messes as long as the actor was a viable money maker, but could also 'involuntarily retire' them if they either got too difficult to manage, or weren't raking in the funds. That could lead to a certain amount of 'enabling' of stars on their way down into substance abuse as they practically got nursemaided to set, and had potential scandals from their revels covered up. But nobody was doing that by the 70's. Actors were free agents that, if they became unreliable simply wouldn't get work anymore. They had to have a helluva following and a lot of cred as actors to ever be put up with as even an early movie 'Norman Maine'. Music made a great replacement for acting, and I think it's telling that the new version hearkens back more to Judy than Barbra, as the system for generating pop stars isn't really that different from generating starlets. They get signed, they get their image managed, etc.
Amber Granger (1 month ago)
Going from Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand to Lady Gaga... Ouuuf 😅
CityStick (1 month ago)
The vocal fry of the voice over person made this completely unwatchable.
J. C. (1 month ago)
So far still watching the 1937 version.... excited about seeing the others..
Amber Kline (1 month ago)
omg now there are 2
Madaja Farmer (1 month ago)
You guys "so far..." !!!
jonathan holland (1 month ago)
More videos on this movie please
Honey (1 month ago)
I’m obsessed with the transatlantic accents in the first one
Debbie Lowrie (1 month ago)
There seemed to be a lack of connection for me... the love story was just glazed over it didn’t have the depth for me like the kris Kristofferson movie! It was just ok!
JAYNEmM1962 (1 month ago)
barbara Streisand was the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just watched lady gagas and i love her but it wasnt as deep as barbra streisand
Priya Debnath (1 month ago)
There are other non-english versions that you have missed
Priya Debnath (1 month ago)
+Maria Wagler egg jack ly 😉🤗
Maria Wagler (1 month ago)
Priya Debnath Aashiqui 2 🤗🤗
Esther M (1 month ago)
I'm 21 and bitter about the name change
Raff Zh. (1 month ago)
Last of the Esthers lol
Marsha Gomez (1 month ago)
I hope you read this...great analysis. But for me, the 1954 version NOT getting an Oscar was a total ripoff. Judy Garland was great, but she pissed off the people in Hollywood and they punished her for it. That final scene..." Hello everybody; this is Mrs. Norman Maine" is a complete tearjerker.
Weng Fong (1 month ago)
You are dead wrong about 1976. It wasn’t still Born. If not for its successes, the 2018 wont happen. Streisand was amazing in it
Arthur Curry (1 month ago)
They’re all different
fuzzbuttnmutt (1 month ago)
So pretty much the movie should be renamed a 'A Star is Born - the Bradley Cooper story' . Cooper had ALOT of control over the film & made it his vehicle. He shifts the protagonists from the female lead to the male lead. It loses something - as the film was in some ways the reflection of an ambitious woman's place within a male dominated entertainment industry & the world. It would have been interesting to see where women stand now..... Maybe in fact that is what the film reflects. Women have come a long way, careers, body autonomy, their own opinions etc but can so easily be pushed back into the background as men still need to have their feels & be centre stage. It wasn't a great film.
James Tyler (1 month ago)
Camille Paglia said much the same thing and I agree with the sentiment...
Am Bo (1 month ago)
Bradley cooper is so meta
Lucinda Lopez (1 month ago)
I have no interest in the new one. Loved the Barbara version the best of the previous 3. Cuz I didn’t like what Hollywood did to their starlets in those times of the first 2. And the one from the 70’s just had more grit. I haven’t watched the Gaga version cuz it deviated too far from the original and made it more of a PSA for mental Health. I don’t understand why everything is a platform for everything now. At least in the 70s version it’s history and shows what shaped us.
tlcarpenter3 (1 month ago)
In answer to your question - Yes, I would love a video on just the behind the scenes craziness on these films. Love your channel

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