Life With Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows
The remarkable story of Hollywood legend Judy Garland is vividly told in this widely acclaimed film, which features amazing, award-winning portrayals by Judy Davis and Tammy Blanchard.
Loved by millions the world over, Judy was the brightest star in Hollywood's Golden Era. Away from the bright lights and brilliant performances, however, her devotion was to her family. But while she loved her children unconditionally, they could only desperately try to hang on to their mother as a powerful dependence on alcohol and prescription drugs consumed her life. Based on the book by Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft, Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows is a deeply moving testament to the healing powers of embracing one's past, facing one's demons and charting a course of self-discovery.
Top Customer Reviews
What makes this video worthwhile -- enough worth owning -- is that, flaws and all, it is still by far the BEST overall bio-pic available about Judy Garland. The firestorm of moods is all on display here, particularly with Judy Davis' spectacular (with a capital "S") performance covering Judy's post-adolescent years.
The music is incredible, the lip-synching is flawless and the re-creations are bulletproof to criticism. My aggravations associated with the near invisibility of daughter Liza Minnelli in her mother's life (she did tour with her didn't she? Sang with her, didn't she? But there's very little evidence of it here other than the notion that Liza was more career-focused and by implication, more selfish, compared to beloved daughter Lorna) -- were far outweighed by the sheer hypnotic delivery of the songs by both Tammy Blanchard and Judy Davis.
No one had a voice like Judy's, a true original, and thankfully for fans and non-fans alike, there's enough here that is jammed-packed great to make you overlook the "transitions" that act as bridges between songs. Certainly, you get the impression that Lorna's father, Sid Luft, was Judy's true love. Whether it was or not, this is Lorna's view, and the magnificent actor Victor Garber certainly makes a dashing and strong case on her behalf playing Mr. Luft.Read more ›
So it should come as no surprise, really, that this three-hour television falls a bit short. Realistically, it would take a talent of Garland's own scope to bring her fully to the screen. But what the film does right, it does extremely, extremely well--and the centerpieces of the film are the remarkable performances of Tammy Blanchard and Judy Davis. Both give extraordinary performances. That said, however, both performances are flawed due to the age of the actresses. Blanchard, who plays the teenage Garland, is clearly too old to be thirteen-ish when the film begins; Davis, who plays Garland from her twenties until her death, is clearly too old to be Garland in her twenties.
But so exceptional are the performances that these are actually minor quibbles. When made up for the role and placed in period attire, both Blanchard and Davis have the look to an absolutely uncanny degree.Read more ›
Robert L. Freedman's teleplay gives Judy Garland's extraordinary life story the epic treatment she deserves. Robert Allen Ackerman's direction is solid throughout. Tammy Blanchard (young Judy) and Judy Davis (adult Judy) give mesmerizing, deservedly award-winning performances. The only real mistake the biopic makes is switching the two actresses much too soon. Blanchard plays Judy from 1935-1943. Davis takes over from 1944 (when Garland made "Meet Me In St. Louis") until her death in 1969. Blanchard should have played Judy through 1949-1950, with Davis taking over the role after Judy left MGM. Blanchard/Davis offer a clear, well-rounded, extremely compassionate portrayal of Judy; the most talented entertainer of the 20th Century, who struggled with countless personal and psychological demons away from the spotlight.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great teleplay adaptation by Lorna Luft. Well written & presented. Love this honest sharing of their story. Shipped well by the Dvd Seller. :)Published 5 months ago by Mark P.
Who did like the Wizard of OZ....but the life of Judy Garland is really interesting and sad. I enjoyed the movie very much, just didn't like how Judy's life turned out. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rudy G
I just love this movie you will too. WOW Judy Davis IS JudyGarlandPublished 8 months ago by DANCE JR
Absolutely adored this dvd. Judy Davis is a winner. Love her, love her.Published 12 months ago by Dolores Piegare
Judy Davis IS Judy Garland. I learned a lot about the life of Judy Garland in what I believe is a pretty even-handed examination of her life and career.Published 13 months ago by Shop-a-holic
Judy Davis has said that when she took on this role she knew nothing about Judy Garland. Her music, the legendary concerts, films and private life. Read morePublished 21 months ago by addison de witt