A Star Is Born—Again, in Venice

The year in cinema is beginning to rouse from its summertime slumber. The Locarno Festival opens next week, and we’ll be spending the next few days sorting through lineup announcements as they come in from Venice. The big one, the seventy-fifth Venice International Film Festival, won’t be fully unveiled until Wednesday, but following last week’s news that the opener would be Damien Chazelle’s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, Venice announced today that Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born will premiere on the Lido out of competition.

Written by, directed by, and starring Cooper alongside Lady Gaga, the new A Star Is Born will be the third remake of William A. Wellman’s 1937 original with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The story of a famous male entertainer who plucks a young woman from obscurity only to see her star soar far higher than his own was retold in 1954, with George Cukor directing Judy Garland and James Mason, and again in a 1976 Barbra Streisand vehicle costarring Kris Kristofferson and directed by Frank Pierson.

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