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STAR! - Finally finds its audience
- Marc Melocchi
This lavish musical had the misfortune of being released in 1968, the year that saw the release of about a dozen big budget musicals, all of which were part of the studios trying to recapture the box office success of three highly successful musicals released in '64 and '65, "Mary Poppins", "My Fair Lady" and "The Sound of Music".I became obsessed with seeing "Star!" once I found out about it in the early 70s. I collected memorabilia, the original soundtrack LP, anything I could find. In the mid 80s Tom Cooper who ran the Vagabond Theater in LA presented a 35mm print from Films Incorporated that showed the entire roadshow version and had the producer, Saul Chaplin as a special guest for a Q&A.More recently, I caught a screening of "Star!" at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. It was a most memorable evening in several years of film going to see "Star!" in a beautiful print on the big screen.The film boasts an embarrassment of riches in its production design by the great Boris Leven, its music by some of the finest 20th century composers in numbers staged by the legendary Michael Kidd, its Donald Brooks costume design to say nothing of a fine cast headed by Julie Andrews who shows she need not always be so "family friendly" in her performances.Fortunately, "Star!" would find its much-deserved audience via releases in various formats though has yet to be released in Blu-Ray as it should be.Finally, I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Wise at the Cinematheque prior to a screening of "The Sound of Music", and thanked him for making "Star!".
Wheres the bluray?
- Larry Bender
Fox has relesed a number of their TODD-AO productions on bluray and they are something to behold. Its about time they releaseda TODD-AO bluray.
Five Stars for Star!
- Rachel Z
Star! is definitely a musical that people will come to love. Julie Andrews is absolutely amazing as Gertrude Lawrence.Please show this movie so everyone can enjoy it. Thanks.
Star is a Five Star!
- James Smith
I knew a movie about Gertrude Lawrence's career had been made. I knew little else. I just viewed the movie and holy cow: Awesome. Nearly three hours long but compelling throughout. Julie Andrew's singing and acting talent is awesome and her dancing far surpassed my expectations. The dance numbers prepared by Michael Kidd are wonderful, the scenery tops and the story line consistent.The acting and singing throughout is compelling, kudoos to Julie and Daniel Massey as Noel Coward. Julie's talent always humbles me.
Better than than say, STAR! is a musical must!
- Jeff Solis
One of the best bio musicals of all time! Perfectly captures the era and the world of the musical theatre. Julie Andrews doesn't attempt to play Gertrude Lawrence but suggest her and is superb (and one of her best performances). Daniel Massey as Noel Coward is excellent as is Lennie Hayton musical scoring (he was robbed of an Oscar); Donald Brooks costumes and Michael Kidd choreography. the screenplay stumbles in spots (why they didn't include "King and I" -so perfect for Andrews (and her fans) is a real mystery). But still, it's wonderfully produced, and despite what critics said at the time, one of the better musicals of the sixties.