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[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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Disjointed bio sequel with a great Streisand performance
This sequel to FUNNY GIRL gives us an older, shrewder, tougher Fanny Brice than in the first film and Streisand pulls out the stops to give another terrific performance - one that should have netted her an Oscar nom but didn't - it's way better than her work in FUNNY GIRL and that did deserve its Oscar.
The film's look at Brice's stormy second marriage to Billy Rose has two very big negatives working against it. First, Caan does a terrific job as Rose but the character is a dumb and abusive mug - he's common and Brice is really slumming here. So we can't really care that she makes a go of it. Second, the film is very disjointed. Great numbers we hear complete on the soundtrack album are truncated to a few seconds - others are complete as performed but the performance and staging are lacklustre.
Don't get me wrong - it's very entertaining -much more so than FUNNY GIRL. Streisand is funnier and has more character to work with. There's a plethora of songs, which keep things moving and colorful. However, it doesn't add up to much. An okay ride but with no real significance except
for Streisand's beautifully shaded performance.
I counted 23 musical numbers or snatches of same matching 12 numbers on the soundtrack album. Main Title (Isn't It Better?); Blind Date; More Than You Know; More Than You Know-reprise; Paper Moon/I Like Him; Girl Of Mine; Million Dollar Baby; Goodtime Charlie; You Must Have The Rain; So Long, Honey Lamb (truncated); Am I Blue? (truncated); I Got A Cold in My Nose; Goodtime Charlie- reprise; A Great Day; People (background music); More Than You Know - reprise; How Lucky Can You Get?; Isn't It Better?; Me And My Shadow - orchestral; If I Love Again; People (background music); Let's Hear It For Me; Me And My Shadow; Let's Hear It For Me- reprise; End Title - How Lucky Can You Get?
This is overall an okay way to spend two and a quarter hours but only Streisand fans will really reap the benefits of watching their idol deliver another stunning portrayal.
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