The stories we tell, as well as the stories we are told, shape the way in which we experience the world. From the deeply unconscious way that our world view is built, in part, on the stories of our childhoods, to the stories that awaken in us a new perspective or a renewed passion for some area in our lives.
Full disclosure, I haven’t seen the first three iterations of A Star Is Born (1937, 1954, 1976), but I’m familiar with their basic plot lines, in part because this is a story that has been told time and time again in many different forms: the successful, genius, older man takes a young woman, green behind the ears but bursting with talent, under his wing and shepherds her into fame and success.
It’s with no irony that in the year of fake news so too comes the year of the documentary. 2018 has brought us some of the most poignant, touching and successful documentaries in recent years. RGB, Three Identical Strangers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, and Minding the Gap are just a few of the most acclaimed. Farenheit 11/9 is perhaps the least of these films in terms of originality, but perhaps the most important and (intentionally) timely.