Director: Barbra Streisand
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin
Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl, despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith, so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.
This is one of my favorite musical dramas. The story is one that hits straight to the heart. The story is about being who you really are and living your life on your terms to make you happy. It speaks to so many different types of situations and people.
The songs in the movie are some of the best that I have heard written for a movie. They each really went straight to the heart to make you feel what the main character is going through emotionally. There are two of the songs that are a little bit typical in musicals where the songs being sung are about the everyday thoughts that go through their minds.
Barbra Streisand was great at directing this movie. Each shot and angle set the mood and the story for this movie. She was incredible at playing the lead role where she is the one performing all of the songs. She has done this before as the lead, but directing the movie was not on top of it. This was the first time for that.
The rest of the cast was wonderful as well. Mandy Patinkin was just hot and passionate in his role. It is hard to believe now days that he was in this movie. Amy Irving was beautiful in this movie. It was not her best role, but she was good in it. She held herself and walked like a glass paper thin sculpture.
This is one of my favorite musicals, and I am not a fan of them. This movie is just simply beautiful. If you have never seen this movie, then you need to watch it. That is if you like musicals. Give it a chance. You just may like it. Enjoy.
Yentl (1983) Trailer