The world premiere of ‘A Star Is Born’ was hit with technical difficulties on Friday (August 31) after the theatre showing the film was struck by lightning.
Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – who also makes his directorial debut with the film – the premiere was well underway at the Sala Grande in Venice when the lightning bolt struck. Half way through the showing, the film stopped for fifteen minutes after a projector bulb blew.
During the 15 minute blackout, Lady Gaga laughed and blew kisses to the audience whilst technicians worked to restore the film. On social media, the audience at the premiere captured the moment:
LADY GAGA IS ELECTRIFYING. Literally. I’m in Venice for the film festival and sitting in the audience at the premiere of “A Star is Born,” and the theater was just struck by lightning—no joke—and damaged the projection. And now we’re all waiting for it to start. ⚡️??
— Derek Blasberg (@DerekBlasberg) August 31, 2018
Lady Gaga during unexpected break in Star is Born premiere. Screen went black more than 10 minutes ago…. pic.twitter.com/rllPry91vU
— Nick Vivarelli (@NickVivarelli) August 31, 2018
Spectacular lightning storm over Venice right now, and this just happens to be the moment when A Star Is Born is having its premiere. Coincidence? Yes. But look, rationalists can admire this film too #Venezia75
— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) August 31, 2018
At the press conference earlier in the day, Lady Gaga spoke more about the film which is a remake of a 1937 movie of the same name.
She said: “It’s a story about love and about what Bradley refers to as the human plight of addiction. It was a remarkable experience for me.”
Meanwhile, the film has received universal acclaim from critics, with Gaga’s performance widely praised and the film hailed as “an instant classic.”
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gave the film five stars, saying: “Cooper directs and co-stars in this outrageously watchable and colossally enjoyable new version, supercharged with dilithium crystals of pure melodrama. He appears opposite a sensationally good Lady Gaga, whose ability to be part ordinary person, part extraterrestrial celebrity empress functions at the highest level at all times.”
Elsewhere, Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt praised Gaga’s “serious-actress transformation”, saying “she certainly deserves praise for her restrained, human-scale performance as a singer whose real-girl vulnerability lands miles away from the glittery meat-dress delirium of her own stage persona.”
You can read some more reaction to the film here:
— Sleighvid Opie ? (@DavidOpie) August 31, 2018
A Star is Born: Gaga takes to acting like Cher rather than Madonna, songs are great, I shed a few tears, and there's an excellent Shangela cameo – I hope it's a huge hit #Venezia75
— Paul O'Callaghan (@PaulOCallaghan) August 31, 2018
Happy to report that Lady Gaga is good in A STAR IS BORN. Music is too. And Sam Elliott is *great* #Venice75
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) August 31, 2018
Well, #AStarIsBorn is weird, dysfunctional & a little fucked up & that actually saves it from being a typical mainstream bore & makes it into its own unique little thing. A bit hard to fancy at first it, it wins you over with sincerity. And its awkwardness. #Venezia75
— Beatrice Behn (@DansLeCinema) August 31, 2018
Last week (August 30), details of the film’s soundtrack were also released. Featuring original new music from Lady Gaga and Cooper, the soundtrack will include music by Mark Ronson and Julia Michaels.
The film is released in cinemas on October 5.