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Sandy B.

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  1. I first saw Judy Garland at the age of three or four in the Wizard of Oz, and every year after that until I was 20 and went to study in Europe. How disappointed I was that they did not show it there! No one I talked to had ever heard of the film. Growing up in tornado country, I really related to the fear Judy depicted on screen. There was nothing phony about it. I liked her singing voice in the movie, but as a child, I did not like her adult voice on TV. The clip that was so kindly embedded showed me why. It was clear in that heartfelt performance that all the problems throughout her life had taken a toll. I wanted her to remain Dorothy. I was very impressed with her and Gene Kelly in that clip. They made it look easy! They were true professionals. Judy Garland was terrific in A Star is Born. I believe that was her best adult performance, combining her musical talent and acting skills.
  2. Before I comment, I have a disclaimer. I was an exchange student in Austria, and while there I took an Austrian film class. I find it amusing to hear Luise Rainer's Austrian accent while she is being referred to as a French performer with the German name of Anna Held. The clip definitely shows an idealized version of events, which, as you have pointed out, was common during the Depression. I also see the recurring theme of courtship from afar as a reaction to the Hays code.
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