Judy's Last Movie


Does anyone here like this movie? I do. I think that Judy gives one of her best dramatic performances in her career. Dirk Bogarde, an actor I had never seen before, is every bit her match here. The songs are awesome. The script could have been a little bit better, but this is still a good movie.

McPearson

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Judy was riveting in this! Generally, she had one of the strongest, most magnetic presences I have ever felt on film.

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I absolutely agree. I feel different about her "flops" than most critics would, like, "The Pirate." I happen to love that movie!

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<Aretha4eva, where did you see 'The Pirate'? I'm DYING to see it. I've never seen it before. I loooove Judy Garland. 'The Wizard of Oz' was my first movie I ever watched. Please tell me where I can obtain a copy, or watch it.>

I don't know if it's available on dvd, but you can probably get the video at amazon.com or deep discount.com. Also, Turner Classic Movies shows it on occassion.

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After watching this film I was really struck with the realisation what a great dramatic actress she grew up to be.My image of her was always as a singer.Previously I had only seen her in Wizard of Oz and Meet me in St Louis,in a couple of films with Mickey Rooney,etc-always a sort of "teen-age" role.The mature Judy Garland is formidable.

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Dramatic? "Judgement At Nuremburg". She will break you heart.

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This movie is very special, not only because it was Judy's last film, but because in this film you get the closest peek to the real Judy that was ever shown onscreen, the private demons that haunted this gifted performer all her life. She was able to exorcise a lot of these demons in the making of this film and her performance is vivid and exciting here. I particularly love the scene when she refuses to go on and Bogarde is trying to convince why she should and she digs her heels in saying she doesn't give a damn about the audience or how they feel. I swear this was the closest thing to the real Judy I have ever seen. Judy's acting is solid in this film and the songs are, of course, extraordinary.

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This is one of my favorite Judy movies! You get to see both as a singer, which is always flawless, and as an actress. My favorite scene would have to be the hospital scene, it just seemed that Judy poured everything into that scene, and it shows. I think this is one of Judy's most underrated movies (excluding The Pirate, I liked it too).

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It always breaks my heart to see Judy exiting the car at the beginning of the film. Deep down, something inside me recognizes that's her entering what would ultimately be her exit. This film is wonderful! And, I agree with the others, The Pirate is AWESOME! Of course I have all of her films but those two never get old. Along with The Clock, actually. I could watch that over & over!!

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This movie, to me, delivers what A STAR IS BORN only promises. Great backstage drama, a peek into the "real" Judy Garland, first-class musical segments.

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The film is highly over-baked soap opera. Very intriguing in spots,
but the hospital scene is too self-conscious and embarassingly played.
Truly, a corn fest. Garland's voice left much to be desired also. It
was heavy and dull and she's singing the ALL-TIME WORST SONG E.Y. Harburg
ever conceived. Terrible

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Gosh, you couldn't be more wrong - or more irritating - but thanks for checking in.

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I just saw this movie today and I loved it.
LOVED IT.
Judy was amazing in it.

ryn

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Judy was an amazing character, and this movie really was a bit of her life. I really enjoyed Judy in 'A Star Is Born', so if you like this, watch that! She was with an unknown too.

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I caught it on TCM a few weeks ago and loved it so much...but it was so gut-wrenching because I knew that the pain was real for her. I can't wait to see A Star Is Born in a week...

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The movie demonstrates what a trooper she was - and wasn't.

According to Gerald Clarke's biography of Judy - "Get Happy" - she thought the script was "crap." (Judy's pivotal scene in the movie which takes place in the hospital, however, wherein she unloads all her emotional baggage onto Dirk Bogarde, however, was written especially for her by Bogarde, whom she considered a friend; apparently, after filming the scene, the members of the production crew were all reduced to puddles on the floor because they could feel the bitter, stinging emotional truth in her words and knew it was coming from a real place.)

Filming proceeded like a trainwreck with Judy playing the role of "star" both on- and off-screen, arguing with the director, showing up late, etc.

Because her dressing room was not equipped with a bathroom/toilet (the way it was in the States), she allegedly always relieved herself in the wastebasket nearby.

That said, her performing on film is a wonder to watch. She shows the scars of all that bedeviled her, but, boy, she still exudes energy that transcends her haggard look. I think this movie is the one which set-in-stone her later concert "style" - which was to belt out and use her body to no end to embody the song while all alone in the spotlight. I don't know that any other female singers of the time had that kind of energy - and I think it was after this movie that many talented female singers - Barbara Streisand included - saw the value of such performative singing and incorporated it into their own identity.


"Don't call me 'honey', mac."
"Don't call me 'mac'... HONEY!"

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That's the trouble - she ISN'T acting - she's just exploiting herself
in the lowest way. And she looks TERRIBLE, especially in her final
number. And anyone who actually buys that this piece of crud song
is on a par with topnotch Arlen is absolutely crazy. The lyrics are
absurd; the melody instantly forgettable. No wonder she never sang
it on her TV series or in concert.

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I thought it was a good film, I loved the song By Myself.

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I love Judy and I am glad this movie exists because it documents her later years. i feel like I was taken on the arc of what others have expressed as life with Judy: she is fascinating and charming but very demanding and tenacious to get what she wants. Later, she is self-pitying and raw and so needy. If it were me, I would have loved her and wanted to help her and later I would have been sick to death of her and wanted to get far away. By the end I was glad I watched it but relieved it was over.

Oh, I never knew that "I could go on singing" was followed by "'til the cows come home". Meh.

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I'm not a huge fan of this film. It's really a pointless script. Nothing happens! She comes back to England, wants to adopt her kid and decides not to.
She had a great gift for comedy, she should have made the kinds of films Doris Day was making at the time. Why do all the great female comedians want to make melodramas?

She also looks bad in the film and I agree that the cows come home song isn't great. Judy's voice was never as good when she came back in 1960. She was still great but it got lower and rougher. Her vocal peak was the mid 1950's.





Open the door for Mr. Muckle!!

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First, I'd say her vocal peak was the '40's. Secondly, she was in
great voice in 1960! Her "That's Entertainment" album from that year
is probably her best. She actually sang songs she'd never sung before
(instead of rehashing "It's a Great Day For the Irish" and "Over the
Rainbow"). Also, her Carnegie Hall album is still a stunning recording.
But by 1962 (beginning with the Frank and Dean special), her voice
started to get rougher and deeper.

And, yes, ICGOS is a terrible film and a sad way for her to have ended
her film career.

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I guess it's a matter of personal taste. I love her 50's recordings best. The Star is Born soundtrack, Alone, some of the singles for Columbia. Perfect timing, I just saw End of the Rainbow at the Ahmanson in LA yesterday.



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I enjoy her '50's recordings, but the albums vary. She actually sounds
somewhat intoxicated on several of the tracks for "Judy", and I don't
care for her "Come Rain or Come Shine" on this album. "Alone" is a great
album. Her voice is great in "A Star is Born", but somehow it's too
prematurely deep. She doesn't sound like a 31 year-old woman to me, and
while that's not necessarily a bad thing, her voice sounds deep due to
booze, smoking and pills.

I think her voice was at its most sparkling and beautiful from, say,
1942 to '46. Her power in her recordings for "In the Good Old Summertime"
is unbelievable, but her voice is also much clearer and far more
beautiful than in "Star." I also love her '40's radio recordings.

What hurts her Decca recordings is how dated the arrangements are. Her
vocal on "Journey to a Star" is amazing, but the orchestration...ouch.

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I think this was Judy Garland's best acting. She showed more restraint than usual, and had a lot of subtlety and depth. It was a demanding role, with a lot of quick emotional changes, especially toward the end. She completely won me over, at the same time letting me realize that everything D.Bogarde said about her character was true. It reminded me of her daughter's amazing performance in The Sterile Cuckoo.
When she was talking about her ambivalence about performing it reminded me of an article I read during her lifetime about how terrified she was before going on stage each time, and how she would (backstage, obviously) shout obscene lyrics to The Trolley Song in order to work up the right mental state to go on.
I also thought about all we've learned from Lorna Luft's revelations about how Judy was so dependent on her, expecting her as a pre-teen and early teen daughter to take care of her mother, and accusing her of disloyalty when she didn't. And Liza M.'s talking about what it was like being the emotional Parent to a mother who is constantly falling apart, getting into trouble, breaking the law, acting generally irresponsible, but who can also be lovable, good, and sweet.

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Judy Garland is one of that handful of one-of-a-kind talents about whom one can say "even a bad Judy Garland film is better than most other people's good films!"



Never mess with a middle-aged, Bipolar queen with AIDS and an attitude problem!
roflol ><

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