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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunchback of M-G-M, 21 May 2009
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This review is from: Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Judy Garland:Me and My Shadows [DVD] [2001]
Not so much strolling down the avenue,more dashing frantically towards oblivion, Judy Davis gives a peerless portrayal of the girl next door who had the neighbours moving out.
Despite being adapted from a memoir by Judy Garland's daughter, there is no attempt to cosmeticise the star's flaws: Judy had a fixed idea of herself as a super-talent exploited till she dropped- by "those bastards" at the Studio, television executives, the I.R.S., concert promoters, right down to her family, her husbands, and even her children. When the teenage Lorna Luft suffers a nervous collapse from coping with her addicted Mom and frail younger brother, needing some respite time with her father, Garland telephonically professes sympathy, then goes on the turn "Oh, I understand," she hisses, sympathetic as an anaconda, slamming down the receiver.
Judy hears only what she wants to. Her musical mentor - Roger Edens - suggests that her life could be wonderful- if only she would let it.
By now one feels that La Garland would find such an option too easy, on herself and everyone else. Witness her low opinion of rehab,(she goes cold turkey), where she might have learnt that people treat us the way we teach them to. Run that one by your Victim Complex.
Ms Davis has splendid support from Victor Garber, Sonja Smits and Tammy Blanchard (adolescent Ms Gumm). The direction, production values and the recreations of the vintage films are uniformly excellent and, apart from the odd apocryphal chestnut, the screenplay is superior to those usually associated with a project of this type. Why some scenes were deleted from the DVD presentation is a puzzle- as the film could easily stand to run ten or fifteen minutes more.
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