Tuesday, it is all about Barbra Streisand in honor of her 70th birthday. 70! She is still like “buttah”. Six of her films kick-off my Turner Classic Tuesday’s week of classics. Happy Birthday, Barbra!
Tuesday April 24/Wednesday April 25
WAY WE WERE, THE (1973)
A fiery liberal fights to make her marriage to a successful writer work.
Dir: Sydney Pollack Cast: Barbra Streisand , Robert Redford , Bradford Dillman .
C-118 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
Hubble. The opening credits are probably my favorite of all time, even with that 70’s disco font. And that last scene, her gloved hand, combing through his hair. You just want a different ending every freaking time! One of my favorite movies ever.
FUNNY GIRL (1968)
Comedienne Fanny Brice fights to prove that she can be the greatest star and find romance even though she isn’t pretty.
Dir: William Wyler Cast: Barbra Streisand , Omar Sharif , Kay Medford .
C-157 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
Streisand’s film debut. She won an Academy Award for her performance, but had to share it with Katherine Hepburn (The Lion In Winter); the only tie in Oscar history.
PRINCE OF TIDES, THE (1991)
A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister’s psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.
Dir: Barbra Streisand Cast: Nick Nolte , Barbra Streisand , Blythe Danner .
C-132 mins, TV-MA, CC
Streisand’s real life son, Jason Gould, plays her son in the film. Don Johnson was the original actor slated to play the lead; of course, he was dating Streisand during pre-production. Their relationship had ended by the time she made the film.
OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, THE (1970)
When a bookworm gets a prostitute evicted, she moves into his apartment.
Dir: Herbert Ross Cast: Barbra Streisand , George Segal , Robert Klein .
C-97 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
Streisand wanted Sydney Poitier (who wouldn’t!) to play the male lead, but the studios balked, claiming audiences were not ready for an interracial couple in a major comedy. That would’ve been amazing!
FUNNY LADY (1975)
Musical biography of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous marriage to showman Billy Rose.
Dir: Herbert Ross Cast: Barbra Streisand , James Caan , Omar Sharif .
C-138 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
Filmed under duress, maybe? Producer … Read the rest