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.
In an Ashkenazic shtetl in Poland, Yentl Mendel is the boyishly klutzy daughter and only child of long widowed Rebbe ("Talmud Teacher") Mendel, who teaches Talmud (a codification of Jewish Law) to local boys - and to Yentl, but secretly because girls were not allowed to learn the law in those days. When her father dies, Yentl is all alone in the world. She takes the momentous decision to leave the village and - disguised as a boy and calling herself by the name of her late brother, Anshel - seeks and gets admitted to a Yeshiva, to study the texts, traditions, subtleties and complexities of Torah, Talmud, etc. She befriends Avigdor who is engaged to Haddas, but her family discovers his brother committed suicide so they call off the wedding (in case Avigdor possesses the same madness). Anshel then finds "him"-self in the awkward position of being called into service as substitute bridegroom, so that the wedding can go ahead and Haddas will have a husband. It is a marriage that never ... Written by
When Yentl sings "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" her glasses are laid down in front of her. They have modern temple and ear pieces. In other scenes Yentl's glasses are the old-fashioned, wrap-around-the-ear-style glasses. See more »
It's by their questions that we choose our students, not only by their answers.
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At the very end of the closing credits: This film is dedicated to my father... and to all our fathers. See more »
I would like to be a Barbra Streisand fan. She has a spectacular musical instrument in her voice. Her politics are my politics and her heart is in the right place. That being said, I finally watched Yentl. It was a beautiful looking film, fresh from the dry cleaners. What bothers me is that albeit far fetched, it is a wonderful story. It needs more than a Readers Digest sensibility. In any kind of reality the facts of the storyline are frightening and fraught with dire consequence, not mildly upsetting as played. In any kind of reality the Yentyl character would have moved heaven and earth to be a convincing boy and certainly not looked so cloyingly cosmetisized. But that was not for our Barbara. I kept on wondering how Meryl Streep would have played it ....and how about Robert Altman directing? They would have captured the motivation behind the progression of misbegotten choices. Meryl would have not been afraid of smearing some dirt on her face and yucking it up with the boys. Robert Altman would not have been afraid of exploring sexual tension and ambiguity ......but not our Barbara. And Oh! How's about a Philip Glass score. Let's do a remake.
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