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Dramatization of "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy," by Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991); originally published in Yiddish c. 1960, then in English c. 1983. The story: 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 ... Written by
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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