A Fellini-esque tribute to the stage, Star!, a film by one of cinema's greatest craftsmen, Robert Wise. The film chronicles the life of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage. Despite its comic texture, the character is not too different from Gena Rowlands in A Women Under The Influence, simply because the character is constantly unhappy, mainly because her life is constantly dampened by the claustrophobic compartments of Hollywood. Of course, the film is made in a docudrama-like style. Star! is about the making of a documentary featuring our lead character, who at the end approves of the film because it is what she wants people to see: a silhouette. Just like most modern documentaries, we don't know if the whole story was completely fake or horrifically real. But, perhaps, that's the beauty of cinema. Star! knows it is satirizing Hollywood, kissing Broadway's ass, and exploiting the harsh reality of marriage and lust, but that is what making movies is about, whether or not it's consciously done. No, it is not an art film, but it is a jocular Sunset Boulevard, gloomy Juliet of the Spirits, and if All That Jazz was made by Fellini, this is exactly what he would make. It doesn't at all deserve to be thrown in the pack with "Finian's Rainbow" and "Funny Girl," and instead reevaluated as what it truly is: a divine metaphor for the entertainment industry.