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September 30, 1983 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-09-30

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24 Friday, September 30, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Barbra Streisand Wears Many Hats in Film

By HERBERT LUFT

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)



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HOLLYWOOD — Barbra
Streisand had dreamed for
14 years of making a motion
picture based on Nobel
Prize-winner Isaac
Bashevis Singer's novella,
"Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy,"
with herself portraying the
central character of a girl
posing as a young man in
order to study the Torah.
When the picture went
before the cameras in April,
1982 at Lee International
Studios in England, she had
achieved her goal and more
so her desire to direct and
produce for her own com-
pany. By talent, passion and
determination, Ms.
Streisand achieved what
only few individuals in the
cinema dared to do, combine
the key elements into one
single personality thereby
making a film completely of
her own design.
The motion picture con-
tinued on locations in
Czechoslovakia where the
Polish setting of the yarn,
Yanev, in the period of
1904, was duplicated. With
pre-production, principal
photography, editing, scor-
ing? and dubbing, plus
planning the release corn-
pany, Ms. Streisand has
been occupied with this sin-
gular project for almost 20
months. As she says now,
she took on this task be-
cause "I'm tired of saying, 'I
could have done this.' I
wanted to do it."
Though basically a
Jewish story, "Yentl" has
universal aspects; dealing
with a young woman's
struggle to achieve what
she feels is her right within
a repressive society. Her
love grows out of her search
to find her own identity.
Yet, she is unable to come to
terms with Avigdor because
of ultimate differences of
ideologies, passions and
compassion.
Mandy Patinkin co-stars
as the mature Avigdor who
is infatuated with another
woman portrayed by Amy
Irving (most recently seen
in the Broadway production
of "'Amadeus.") Patinkin
himself came into promi-
nence when portraying Che
Guevara in the musical,
"Evita." On the screen, we
viewed him as the Russian
Jewish silent film director
in "Ragtime"; he stars in the
current motion picture
"Daniel," in the fictional
role of Julius Rosenberg
(who was executed with his
wife in 1952). Character
actor Nehemia Persoff, a
native of Israel, has the role
of Yentl's father.
The screenplay for
"Yentl" was written by Ms.
Streisand in collaboration
with British playwright
Jack Rosenthal. The music
is by Michel Legrand and
the lyrics to the eight songs
by Marilyn and Alan
Bergman. David Watkin
was the cinematographer.
The picture will be re-
leased in the U.S. and
Canada by MGM/UA En-
tertainment towards the
end of the year.

* *

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as comedian, TV and motion
picture personality, the dis-
tinction of being an author,
adding to two prior bestsel-
lers his current, autobiog-
raphical "How to Live to Be
100 — And More!"
In 1903, Burns formed a
group of child singers called
"The Peewee Quartet" and
began a show biz career that
has seen him reach the pin-
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clubs, concerts, radio, TV
and movies. He's been a

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