DiscoverThe Next Picture Show#151: A Star Is Born, Pt. 2 - Bradley Cooper (2018)
#151: A Star Is Born, Pt. 2 - Bradley Cooper (2018)

#151: A Star Is Born, Pt. 2 - Bradley Cooper (2018)

Update: 2018-11-062


Bradley Cooper’s debut directorial feature A STAR IS BORN is the fourth film to bear that title, and the second to translate this Hollywood tale of rising and falling fame to the music industry. And much like George Cukor’s 1954 version starring Judy Garland, it’s a fantastic showcase for its leading lady, played this time around by Lady Gaga as an aspiring songwriter to Bradley Cooper’s fading rock god. In bringing this oft-told tale to the screen, Cooper’s version follows most of of the broad strokes of its predecessors — but does it do enough to distinguish itself among its lineage? We talk it over before getting into the connections between Cooper and Cukor’s STARS, from their respective approaches to musical performance to their messy gender dynamics. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.

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*Show Notes*

Works Cited
• “How the Media Would Have Covered the Events of A Star Is Born,” by Nate Jones (
• “A Star Is Born Makes a Romance of Rock’s Most Damaging Myths,” by Sam Adams (

Your Next Picture Show: 
• Genevieve: George Cukor’s WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?
• Keith: Elizabeth Chomko’s WHAT THEY HAD
• Tasha: Joseph Kahn’s BODIED
• Scott: Ol Parker’s MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

Outro Music: Lady Gaga, “La Vie En Rose”

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#151: A Star Is Born, Pt. 2 - Bradley Cooper (2018)

#151: A Star Is Born, Pt. 2 - Bradley Cooper (2018)

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