A Star is Born (2018) – A Visual Motif – Spoilers

Quick post here – SPOILERS ABOUND for A STAR IS BORN (2018).

I just wanted to discuss one visual element DP Matthew Libatique and director Bradley Cooper incorporate that I found brilliant.

Throughout the film, Jack’s performances are depicted through the visual language of backlit stage lights and robust lens flares.

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Jack is in the garage preparing to hang himself, the work lights behind him in the garage flare into the lens, mirroring the aesthetic of his on-stage performances.

It’s a beautiful callback which draws parallels; the exact nature of those parallels is up to the viewer to the interpret (his “final performance” perhaps? His final act that he can do for his fans?).

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