A Star Born is the movie that captured my 15 year old heart
John Norman Howard introduced me to a Kris Kristofferson who was exciting & simply ROCKED. Angst in the movie magnified my teenage emotions, & I remain a loyal fan. I have bought records, cds, dvds, merchandise, movies, recordings of live shows & tickets for live shows.
Appreciation has changed in nature of the years, & the things I admire most about this artist have more to do with his talent & convictions than they did back then. Well, this is true most of the time. There are still times when he looks right at & through you from the screen, & other times when his voice hits that certain pitch …… But that could be more about me remembering the painful genius & heights of clarity that are perculiar to being a teenager.
It seems the long discussed remake of the 1976 remake of the movie that brought Kristofferson into my world is about to weave it’s magic again. Kris himself is about to turn 80, I wonder if he has any thoughts about this movie now?
Kristofferson quotes regarding a Star is Born
(unverified, source material links included)
Kris Kristofferson Quotes – 1976
1976, Kris is said to have told a newspaper (according to source )
“There were reports that Mick Jagger was going to do it, or Elvis Presley, or Bob Dylan. Barbra kept calling and telling me about the script and singing the songs; she’d carry on for half an hour.”
Comment: Mick Jagger/Bob Dylan? I am so very pleased that Kris took this pivotal role
“At first I was afraid they were going to make the husband the kind of singer you’d find in a Las Vegas lounge. I didn’t think that was a good idea, and I told them so. He didn’t necessarily have to be a superstar, but he had to be an important attraction.”
Comment: Kris was perfect. Good enough, bad enough, vulnerable & stubborn enough.
“They wanted him to be a drinker, like in the previous versions. That wasn’t realistic in today’s music world. So it was changed to drugs.” Source
Comment: Spot on.
1976 – On Barbara Streisand
“scared to death of her—the best description is ‘formidable.’ Source
Kris kristofferson Quotes – 2001
Reportedly At Streisand’s American Film Institute tribute in 2001 – This was televised, but sadly I cannot find a copy or another source to verify Source If you can help, as always please add, remove or correct me?
Kristofferson is said to have reflected as follows: – source
“Making A Star is Born with Barbra was a challenge I didn’t always respond to gracefully. But our hearts were in it, and we did some wonderful work together.”
Comment: There are some brilliant scenes in this movie. Do you have a favourite?
“And the critics clobbered it.”
Comment: it made Kris many fans who might not have noticed him before then
It was great training for Heavens Gate. I think, maybe, the old boys network thought she was an uppity female. I don’t know where they got that idea. But it was probably for the same reasons that I respect her: for fighting for what she believes in; and for her fierce dedication to the realization of a dream. It ain’t for sissies. I respect that. But I love the little girl I saw in her eyes in the soft scenes, like on the stairway” This was follwed by thanking Babra for everything.
Comment: What a gentleman 🙂 Everything? He has a mind that never stops linking things, in this case, back to the soundtrack
A Star is Born Take 4/Take 5?
The briefest of timelines for the A Star is Born movies
1932 What Price Hollywood Mary Evans (played by Constance Bennet) is the young inexperienced actress who becomes famous with the help of Max Carey – Director/Alchoholic (played by Lowell Sherman) Source or see *
1937 A Star is Born Esther Victoria Blodgett (played by Janet Gaynor) becomes the star Vicki Lester, under the guidance of the popular but alchoholic actor Norman Maine (played by Fredric March) Read More
1954 A Star is Born Victoria Blodgett/Vicki Lester (played by Judy Garland) & Norman Maine (played by James Mason) play out the story in a musical which was very well received. It was cut to reduce to viewing time, causing much unhappiness & controversy. It was lster restored, much later in 1984 & was therefore never seen by Ms Garland
1976 A Star is Born Ester Hoffmann is played by Barbra Streisand, John Norman Howard is played by Kris Kristofferson. In this version, the troubled superstar’s vice is drugs instead of booze
A Star is Born – the movie 2017
Could 2017 see the next remake? It would be either version 4 or 5 depending on whether or not you consider 1937’s What Price Hollywood as the source.
In the 1976 release, there was a lot of speculation around the male lead. While Streisand was fixed as the female lead, Presley & Brando were just 2 actors who are said to have been approached to play John Norman Howard. The 2017 remake has attracted the same level of speculation, this time around who will be the male & the female lead.
*Major Film Directors of the American and British Cinema, Volume 1999 (pg 78) By Gene D. Phillips
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