With the new version of A Star is Born in the theater, it's a good time to dip into one of Hollywood's favorite playgrounds: films about stars, star-making, and the perils of success. From the late-70s SoCal porn world of Boogie Nights to the backstage machinations of All About Eve to Charlie Chaplin as the fading star Calvero in Limelight (pictured), take a peek behind the curtain.
Staff Pick of the Day
Directed by Chantal Akerman
Feminist Film - 90 Minutes - 1974
In her feature debut, director Chantal Akerman stars as a woman struggling with the end of a relationship. We only see her in a few environments: in bed, in a truck, and back in bed again, though not alone. Through voice-over, Akerman ponders her character's situation while she eats sugar from a bag and decides to hit the road. (Available on FilmStruck)