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Barbra Streisand's directorial debut, Yentl, is a musical adaptation of a story by the beloved Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. Yentl (Streisand) is a young woman who wants nothing more than to study religious scripture. She is denied that possibility because she is a woman. She moves, passes herself off as a male named Anshel, and then begins her studies. She becomes close to fellow student Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), eventually falling in love with him, although she can not reveal her true
Nov 18, 1983 Wide
Feb 3, 2009
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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While the movie is on target in terms of noble intent, so much about Yentl is self defeating, and the legendary ego of Streisand can safely be deemed the culprit.
Yentl is all about, who else? Miss Streisand. But her vast talents turn a gender-bending fable into a winner.
Directed by and starring Streisant, this is a charming gender-bending fable, too bad the music is so undistinguished.
Streisand knows her way in front of and behind the camera, but does she have to hog it all? Why cast the magnificent Mandy Patinkin and not let him sing?
"perhaps Streisand's finest hour, on all fronts"
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