A Star Is Born : The Making of the 1954 Movie and Its 1983 Restoration

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"There is no book about Hollywood as riveting as this documentary." - Allan Carr, Vanity Fair There is no question that the 1954 version of A STAR IS BORN holds a special place in the pantheon of classic movies. It was director George Cukor's first foray into musicals, his first color film, and it was, without a doubt, Judy Garland's greatest screen performance.With incredible detail and color, Ronald Haver gives us the fascinating story of the making, marketing and restoration of this groundbreaking classic. Here is how producer Sid Luft orchestrated the deal for his wife, how Cukor was selected to direct, how James Mason was cast to co-star and how Moss Hart's script was developed. Here are the myriad technical problems, the clashes of personalities and the shocking emotional ups and downs of the film's star. Here, finally, is the author's own mission to restore the film to its original length and glory in the 1980s.

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This is a story in two parts. The first, based on original source material and interviews, painstakingly chronicles the making and subsequent cutting of the Judy Garland/James Mason film. The second details the author's efforts to restore a copy of the film to its original style and length. More than a discussion of a single film, the book portrays a Hollywood trying to cope with changing technologies and highlights the need for film preservation. For serious film buffs. Photos not seen. Barbara E. Kemp, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"There is no book about Hollywood as riveting as this documentary." -Allan Carr, Vanity Fair; "A prodigious achievement in research, analysis and synthesis." -Andrew Sarris, American Film

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