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1930s in New York. The famous singer Fanny Brice has divorced her first husband Nicky Arnstein. During the depression she has trouble finding work as an artist but meets Billy Rose, a newcomer who writes lyrics and owns his own nightclub. Written by
The scene where Fanny's character is in the train station was filmed in the old Oakland Central Station in downtown Oakland, California, which at the time of filming, was still in use by Amtrak and still looked remarkably like it did in the 40's. The Central Station was shut down after sustaining damage during the the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, although the building still stands and can be enjoyed from the exterior for its Beaux-Arts architectural styling, and glimpses of what is left of the inside splendor can still be had by looking through the windows. See more »
Near the end of the movie, in a meeting between Brice and Rose, she quips they were married for four years. In reality, they were married for nine years. See more »
[referring to having borrowed money from the mob to finance his show]
They're gonna build me into the West Side Highway.
That's the only good news I've heard tonight.
I'm not kidding.
Neither am I.
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"Funny Lady" is a better movie than "Funny Girl". All "Funny Girl" does is let Barbra Streisand showcase her singing talent between scenes. You don't care about the other characters or the story. After Streisand, the only other interesting person in the movie is Walter Pidgeon portraying Florenz Ziegfeld.
"Funny Lady" has heart and soul. It is about Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand), who goes on with her career during the depression after her divorce, meets her next husband, Billy Rose, (James Caan) marries him but yearns for her former husband, Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). This is a tortured love story with music. Most of the musical numbers are set in the shows that Fanny Brice performed in, and that makes sense.
However, there are three musical numbers that are used as dialogue, but are set to music. They work. The two that touched me were: Jimmy Caan singing briefly with Barbra Streisand - they sing sweetly together while falling in like. The best dramatic musical number is when Fanny Brice sings her broken heart out on an empty stage, lamenting the loss of her newly married ex-husband; and Billy Rose watching in pain. This is Streisand's, Caan's, and Sharif's best romantic performances. Of all the leading men Barbra Streisand worked with, James Cann complimented her the best. They should work again as a team. Only the Foreign Press Globes honored this movie with major nominations.
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