Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)


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From her gradual ascent to stardom in the 1930s to her death from a drug overdose at age 47 in 1969, former vaudeville baby Frances Ethel Gumm, aka Judy Garland, endured a string of personal and career ups and downs that continues to color her reputation as an icon whose tragedies outweighed her triumphs. This TV biopic, based on the first half of daughter Lorna Luft's book Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir, attempts to humanize Garland's legend by presenting the singer/actress' story from an … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Television, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Robert L. Freedman, Lorna Luft
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
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as Judy Garland

as Young Judy

as Vincente Minnelli

as Sid Luft

as Young Lorna Luft

as Louis B. Mayer

as Ethel Gumm

as Roger Edens

as Mickey Rooney

as Artie Shaw
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Judy Davis picks up the role as a young woman (about a quarter of the way in) and delivers a Garland that is both authentic and vibrantly real.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows

Though it won critical accolades and multiple television awards, this film is truly awful. Most notably, the story doesn't have a discernible structure; Garland's life starts low, then goes up, then down, then up, then I don't even know. It's a roller coaster ride that loops every fifteen minutes, and the film needs a guiding hand to help us understand the significance of what we're watching. Indeed, though the film presents these characters honestly, I don't understand what the filmmakers are saying about these people. Why is their story significant? What can we learn from them? How can these particulars become universal? There is shallow attempt at such a theme in the film's last line, but this comes off as abstract moralizing and is too late to give the film any skeleton.
Judy Davis does what contemporary Judy Davis does best: scream and carry on. She doesn't sing, allowing lip synching and some guy backstage with a boombox to do all the work.
Overall, this film ends up being moralistic bullshit, and we have to navigate mountains of pointlessness to get there.

Jim Hunter

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I liked it, but I like anything with and/or about Judy Garland.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Wonderful performances from Judy Davis and Tammy Blanchard as older and young Judy make this compelling if sad viewing.

jay nixon

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