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  (in credits order)

Barbra Streisand ... Herself

Ray Charles ... Himself
Martin Erlichman ... Washing Machine Player

Directed by
Dwight Hemion 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Gelbart  dialogue written by
Ken Welch  dialogue written by
Mitzie Welch  dialogue written by

Produced by
Martin Erlichman .... executive producer
Bill Glaze .... associate producer
Dwight Hemion .... producer
Joe Layton .... associate producer
Gary Smith .... producer
Film Editing by
John Hawkins (video tape editor)
Art Direction by
Brian Bartholomew 
Production Management
Bill Glaze .... unit production manager
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Grant .... camera operator
Music Department
Jack Parnell .... musical director
Ken Welch .... special musical material
Mitzie Welch .... special musical material

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Also Known As:
"Barbra Streisand... and Other Musical Instruments" - USA (DVD box title)
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52 min
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Streisand on the stilted side..., 25 February 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Now on DVD, this one-hour CBS television special from 1973 has the fatigued conceit of mostly being built around one song ("I Got Rhythm"), with La Streisand changing costumes, hairstyles and personas to become tantalizing women from different countries. Barbra enchants, tempts, and coos to the viewer with unabashed seductiveness, and she's in incredibly fine voice throughout, but her material here is one-dimensional. Dialogue is kept to a minimum, and where there is a little chit-chat doesn't work too well (the writing is leaden and the booming orchestra drowns out the tail-end of Barbra's lines anyway). Her duet with Ray Charles is unpredictably sensational (it is one of the few times Streisand literally lets her down) and the closing number "The Sweetest Sounds" has a beautifully evocative, wintry chorus (although the design for this end-credits number looks a bit like a perfume commercial). The much-balleyhooed "The World is a Concerto" number, with Barbra singing to the sounds of everyday household appliances, is a bizarre touch (more silly than successful), but at least it is self-effacing. Streisand lets the camera crawl up close--very, very close--to her celebrated profile and she never flinches (only on a "Sweet Inspiration" high note does her voice break slightly), yet her imperiousness is still tough to crack.

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