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A Star is Born (1937)


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UCLA Archives restored this version of A Star is Born a few years back. However, the print that TCM usually airs is the faded Public Domain print.

 

It would be great if TCM could do a Preservation Festival in partnership with UCLA and other archives so that they would have access to the restored prints even if it was just a short window for broadcast.

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One of the victims of the film's reissue was the soundtrack. The score was recorded on the Goldwyn stage and beautifully so. But the reissue and subsequent public domain prints sound flatter than the proverbial pancake. There is also a horrible cut in the music track that I would love to know for sure whether or not it dates back to the original release. When Esther gets her waitressing job at the party, there is a transitional music cue that, as recorded, goes into a light dance cue. But as butler Ferdinand Munier is carrying his tray, the music cuts off like someone ripped the optical track. The entire party sequence plays without scoring.

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