Director: Bradley Cooper.
Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliot, Dave Chappelle, Anthony Ramos, Bonnie Somerville.
USA 2018. 136 mins.
Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is a new take on a timeless story: an ill-fated romance between a seasoned musician fading from fame and the struggling young singer he pushes into the limelight and helps to stardom. Even as her career begins to take off, the personal side of their relationship breaks down, and he must battle alone with his own, destructive demons. Previous film versions have starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March (1937), James Mason and Judy Garland (1954) and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (1976). Now Cooper and pop superstar Lady Gaga – almost unrecognisable as a demure, dishwater brunette – play the two lovers, with, astonishingly, all of the performances shot live and the film’s original songs recorded at Coachella and Glastonbury music festivals in 2017.