Monday Night Movies: A Star is Born (1954)
8/18/2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Friends of the Mill Valley Library presents Monday Night at the Movies. This month the Friends will present three films featuring actress Judy Garland.
Monday, August 18th @ 7:30 PM
A Star is Born (1954)
Declining matinee idol Norman Maine (James Mason) meets aspiring singer Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland). A friendship develops, then blossoms into romance. As Esther's career (under a new stage name, Vicki Lester) continues to flourish, Norman finds himself unemployed and going downhill fast. Vicki wins the Oscar. Drunk, Norman interrupts her acceptance speech but Vicki continues to support him. Bosley Crowther called the film "one of the grandest heartbreak dramas that has drenched the screen in years." Time said "Garland gives what is just about the greatest one woman shows in modern movie history." Newsweek called the film "a thrilling personal triumph for Judy Garland. As an actress Miss Garland is more than adequate. As a mime and comedienne she is even better. But as a singer she can handle anything from torchsongs and blues to ballads. In more ways than one, the picture is hers". When the Oscar for best actress went to Grace Kelly instead of Garland, Groucho Marx called it "the greatest robbery since Brinks".
Doors open at 7:00. This series is sponsored by The Friends of the Mill Valley Library. For more Programs and Events at the Library, see the Library Events Calendar.