With 'The Artist,' 'Hugo' and 'My Week With Marilyn' all on screens, we round up the best films celebrating their own medium
4. "A Star is Born" (George Cukor, 1954)
Such a hardy Hollywood chestnut is this classic story of a star couple ruptured by their opposing career trajectories (hers up, his cruelly down) that this seemingly definitive version was itself a remake of a remake – and that’s to say nothing of the countless unofficial retreads of the narrative that have somewhat chipped away at its value. (Why hello, “Glitter.”) But this one retains an ever-surprising brute force thanks to its all-stops-out performances and lavish appreciation of its own craft. Good luck topping this, Clint and Beyoncé.