A Star Is Born Reviews
I can see why it was nominated for Best Picture back in 1937 (it was also neat that they actually went to the Oscars in the film), but there have been three films that pulled from the common themes found herein: "The Artist", "All About Eve", and "The Lost Weekend". These three managed to win Best Picture.
Janet Gaynor was an unknown quantity to me, though a big star in her time, and she nearly won me over by the film's end, especially the scene where, as a waitress, she auditions for Tinseltown bigwigs, impersonating other well known 1930's stars.
But the film belongs to Fredric March who is introduced as unlikable, seldom veers far from that, and yet must maintain our interest so we can not like him some more. Adolf Menjou, yet again, plays the supporting character/deus ex machina throughout unobtrusively.
Still, the acting, from Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, is very fine, and this film has some great things to say. I am yet to watch any of the remakes (and there is a third remake reportedly on the way), but I found this to be an OK film, and I think a prototype for better films that were to come.