The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.
Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.
The continuing story of Fanny Brice following that depicted in Funny Girl (1968) is presented. An established star on Broadway as a headliner for the Ziegfeld Follies, Fanny and the rest of the world are hitting difficult times entering into the 1930s. Her marriage to Nicky Arnstein, who she still loves is ending in divorce, and even Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. is having trouble coming up with money to continue to produce the Follies. Along comes brash nightclub owner, song lyricist and wannabe impresario Billy Rose, who says he can raise the money and has the material to produce his own revue, which he wants to star Fanny. Fanny is both attracted to and repelled by Billy because of his chutzpah, his stubbornness and knowing that underneath his outer veneer is the soul of a true hustler... much like she was when she was first starting out and much like she still is now. Through their professional trials and tribulations, they slowly start to fall for each other. But Fanny admits that Nicky ... Written by
Barbra Streisand was considering Robert Blake for the role of Billy Rose, whom he resembled more than the actor who eventually played him in the film, James Caan. Streisand had Blake come to her house and read the script with her. After the read-through, an impressed Streisand asked Blake if he's like to do the part. "I just did," said Blake, miffed that he had been made to audition. He walked out of Streisand house, and the role was given to Caan. 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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Occasionally great music...and with a coarser and less interesting version of Fanny.
Wow...was I disappointed. I saw "Funny Girl" just a few weeks ago and really liked it--even though the story often bore little resemblance to the real-life Fanny Brice. I scored that film a 9. Here, once again, the true story takes a back seat but unlike the first time, this one just isn't fun. It's depressing, unnecessary and much of the music really isn't enjoyable because instead of integrating it into the film naturally, it looks more like they had Barbra Streisand do a concert and just shove these songs into the film. Also, instead of being cute and innocent, often the film is crude and unlikable. It's a shame, as SOME of the music is quite nice and there are a few moments that shine. But too often the film is flat and unappealing due to a lackluster script and indifferent direction. In my opinion, it's purely for Streisand fans who are not particularly demanding.
They could have improved the film by: cutting several of the songs, at least TRYING to get her relationship with Billy Rose right (there WAS no happy ending like they implied at the end), cut out the coarse language (it makes the characters much more unlikable) and make Fanny Brice not look so pathetic. All in all, a sad waste of talent.
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