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A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born (1976) [15]

Runtime: 140 mins

Distributor: Park Circus Films

The velvet-voiced Barbra Streisand sings like an angel in Frank Pierson’s take on the timeless tale of doomed romance. The film’s musical centrepiece, ‘Evergreen’, a tender ballad co-written and performed by Streisand, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) is a talented but self-destructive rock star whose career has peaked. Years of concerts, managers and tours have made him cynical and the monotony has taken its toll. Then he meets the innocent, pure and very gifted singer Esther Hoffman (Streisand). As one of his songs in the movie says, “I’m gonna take you girl; I'm gonna show you how.” And he does. John shows Esther the way to stardom, forsaking his own career. But as they fall in love, her success only makes his decline even more apparent.

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