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Funny Girl

Funny Girl

Director:William Wyler
Cast:Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif
Genre:Film, Musical

By Heather Joslyn | Posted

Hard to believe now, when she's such a pillar of mainstream Hollywood (and a poster girl for superstar ego), but back in the '60s Barbra Streisand was a breath of fresh air, heralding a new era of quirky, cheeky, proudly non-WASPy movie stars. Her 1968 screen debut won her an Oscar, and it goes a long way toward explaining her appeal back then--and why some fans still have a soft spot for her, despite her subsequent self-indulgences. Streisand reprises her Broadway role as the legendary vaudeville comic/singer Fanny Brice, following Brice's rise to the star-making Ziegfield Follies and her heartbreak at the hands of her first husband, gambler/hunk Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Under the guidance of Old Hollywood pillar William Wyler, Streisand's charm offensive is hard to resist. She nails her wisecracking, rueful lines, wringing every last drop of wit out of them, and unleashes her stage-bred pipes on her signature "People," the show-stopping "Don't Rain on My Parade," and the devastating "My Man." This restored version, featuring digital six-track sound and a new dye-transfer Technicolor print, will be presented with an overture and intermission, just like it was back in '68. Hello again, gawgeous.

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