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Gold Star: Film Review

Vaughn delivers a deeply affecting wordless turn in this family drama...

Negri delivers a compelling turn, conveying Vicki's complex mixture of self-absorption and vulnerability with admirable fearlessness. Also excellent are Curtin, who touchingly conveys the emotional and physical burdens of being a caregiver, and Anna Garduno, who brings fierce energy to her performance as Vicki's aggrieved half-sister.

But it's Vaughn, still looking dashing despite his obvious frailty, who gives the film its emotional core. In the deeply moving final scene, in which Carmine and Vicki sit quietly together on a beach, his plaintive eyes speak far more powerfully than any amount of dialogue.

The Hollywood Reporter


‘Gold Star’ Review: More Than Just Robert Vaughn’s Final Performance

"The directorial debut of Victoria Negri reveals a confident eye behind what could have been a dull twenty-something diatribe."



First-time director Victoria Negri talks 'Gold Star

"The thing that really motivated me to make this decisions was my father’s stroke. That was something I really feared my whole life, losing my dad. And I thought, always wanted to direct, if I can face that fear, I should face this fear I have of directing. I saw how precious time is and don’t want to be 80 years old thinking, why didn’t I try."




"Gold Star is a very personal labour of love for first-time filmmaker Victoria Negri. For her debut feature, Negri wrote, produced, acted and directed a spin on her own autobiographical tale of caring for her ailing father. The physical and emotional toll it takes to tend to an incapacitated loved one is brilliantly captured in the film..."

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Gold Star (A Movie Review)

"...this film really rises and falls on the brave, terrific work of the late actor Robert Vaughn (The Man from UNCLE) in his final role. Vaughn’s part of the father is nearly wordless, and yet it is stunningly touching."

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GOLD STAR (2017): Review by Roza Melkumyan

"Director Victoria Negri writes and stars in her first feature-length film, Gold Star, which captures the raw emotion and scathing honesty of the not-so-pretty hidden sides of ourselves."



Diva Review: GOLD STAR

"Painterly and lyrical, GOLD STAR is a rare glimpse into the heart of an artist, and her inspiring catharsis in the face of heartbreaking loss."

Diva Review


Unseen Films: Review of Gold Star

"Victoria Negri's GOLD STAR is one of those films that makes you sit up and wonder why the hell more people aren't talking about it... The film is, in its way a singular achievement of a filmmaker who has taken her vision and put it on the screen. This film is a quiet calling card of a filmmaker who should be a force to be reckoned with with the films that follow."



How to Stay Open in Collaboration When Your Film is Deeply Personal

"I credit my collaborators for challenging my vision, questioning my choices, and making the suggestions necessary to transform the movie from one chronicling a fictionalized version of my own specific life experience into something more universally relatable."

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5 Ways to Overcome Self-Doubt and Get Your First Feature Made

"Take the plunge.My first feature film Gold Star comes out this week, and while I have always made an effort to project confidence and an aura of "knowing my stuff," the journey of getting to the moment of writing this piece has been long and difficult at times."


Victoria Negri’s ‘Gold Star’ the final film for Robert Vaughn

"On Nov. 10, 2012, Victoria Negri’s father passed away. Six years later, on that same day, her movie “Gold Star,” based partially on the experience of dealing with a sick father, opens at Cinema Village."


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Uncovering My Real Self in My Debut Feature

"Victoria Negri on the experience of growing up with a much older father, and how it informed her very personal directorial debut, Gold Star."

The Talkhouse

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Podcast Interview: Following Films

"Today my guest is the writer, director, and star of GOLD STAR Victoria Negri. I had her on to discuss the film, how her real-life experiences with her father inspired her, what it was like working with Robert Vaughn on his last film, and of course, as always THE SPICE GIRLS."

Following Films

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Victoria Negri: I'm Doing This No Matter What

"I make films because I want to engage with people. I want to hear from audiences and other filmmakers. And it’s crucial for me to support other people’s work in whatever way I can. We are all in it together. And we all learn from each other and improve and get better."

Directed by Women


Gold Star Review: Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

"Negri is brave in playing an interesting yet fairly unlikeable and unhappy young woman for much of the film."

Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

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Gold Star Review: Journey of Darkness and Light

"In a way, Gold Star is all about what we deserve in life, what life gives us, and how we respond to it. Does Vicki deserve to be her father’s caregiver when her adult life is practically just beginning? What does a man of Carmine’s years deserve? Who actually determines what we really deserve?"

Journey of Darkness and Light


Exclusive: A Mother Needs Her Daughter to Grow Up in "Gold Star" Clip

" 'Iknow none of this is fair to you, Vic, but I need you home,' a mother says to her 20-something daughter in our exclusive clip of “Gold Star.”

Women and


Gold Star Trailer: See Robert Vaughn in His Final Role

Turn Key Films has released the trailer for Gold Star, the moving drama that features the final screen role for acting legend Robert Vaughn...


Gold Star's Trailer Exclusively on Hollywood Reporter

Directed by Victoria Negri



Victoria Negri's "Gold Star" Film

Victoria Negri is a 30-year old filmmaker from New Haven. She wrote, directed, produced, and acted in her first feature-length movie called “Gold Star.” Even though she was a novice, she managed to cast Oscar-nominated actor, Robert Vaughn as the star. 


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The 2017 Phoenix Film Festival Special Report

"...there are two important reasons to see Gold Star: One; the chance to see Robert Vaughn for his final performance, and, two; for Victoria Negri. As a performer, she possesses a naturally engaging screen presence that draws notice, but it’s as an emerging filmmaker – a writer/director/producer – that deserves our attention most of all."

Valley Screen and Stage


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Phoenix Film Festival 2017: Don't Miss These 10 Must-See Movies'

"Vicki is not doing well. She's dropped out of college, her father is very ill, and she's lost all direction in life. But just when Vicki is about to give up, her life takes a dramatic turn..."

Phoenix  New Times


'Oxford Film Festival Announces Winners at the Powerhouse'

Victoria Negri wins a Hoka Award for Best Acting in the film 'Gold Star'...

Oxford Eagle


Gold Star Named one of the '5 Most Anticipated Films at the 14th Annual Oxford Film Festival'



'Remembering Robert Vaughn, My Movie Dad'

Victoria Negri recalls the close relationship she developed with the late actor on her directorial debut, in which he played her real-life father.

The Talkhouse


'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' star Robert Vaughn, NYC-born film and TV veteran, dead at 83

"He knew this wasn’t going to be the type of film where he’d get a trailer, but he was such a humble person with no ego. Even at 81, he was trying to do something new every day.”



Remembering Robert Vaughn: His Final Film is My First Feature

"Actor Robert Vaughn passed away today. One of his final acts was appearing in my film, and I'm forever humbled."



Awards Chatter Podcast - Robert Vaughn ("Gold Star")

The 83-year-old Oscar nominee and Emmy winner on Natalie Wood and Paul Newman's influence on his career, the unexpected success of the...

The Hollywood Reporter


Lights, Camera, And A Bit More Action At Gaylord Hospital

Gaylord Hospital was under the spotlight Monday but that was all part of the act...



Orange Native Back Home To Tell Father’s Tale Through Film

The last time Victoria Negri walked the halls of Gaylord Hospital, it was to visit her elderly father, Carmine, who was trying to recover from the effects of a stroke...

The New Haven Register


Indie Film Shot At Gaylord Hospital

Lying on a hospital bed in Room 109 of Gaylord Hospital Monday was Oscar-nominated actor Robert Vaughn...

My Record Journal


Trio Of Local Female Filmmakers Hope To Make Mark In Movie Industry

A trio of female filmmakers has come together to create a unique film, as they look to become leaders in an industry started by men...

The Queens Courier


Episode 30: Victoria Negri

in this episode we interview writer/director/actress Victoria Negri about her feature film debut "Gold Star", adapting life into script, and Kickstarting your film...

The Zach & Zack Podcast


A Conversation With "Gold Star" Director Victoria Negri

This September, Victoria Negri, an actress who has been involved with films and television, will be making her directing debut when she films "Gold Star" in Orange, Conn...