Part three and last of the Tribute Weekend Movie Marathon: Barbra Streisand.
In a world where education and the will to learn is reserved for men only, Yentl (Barbra Streisand) decides to go against it all. For as long as her father (Nehemiah Persoff) was alive, he taught her about Jewish religious law and theology in secrecy. Not wanting to stop learning after her father’s death and unable to accept that education is a man’s thing, Yentl disguises herself as a man and join a Jewish religious school.
Her disguise is apparently very successful, as Yentl (now going by the name of her late brother, Anshel) is able to fool everyone in school she is a man. Things get complicated when, besides education, love finds a place in Yentl’s heart. She meets and falls in love with Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), who is engaged to Hadass (Amy Irving). Through the whims of an irony, while Yentl is in love with Avigdor, Hadass falls in love with Yentl’s male ego.
A peculiar love triangle with some uncomfortable and comic results, at least at the beginning. How long will Yentl be able to keep her identity as a woman secret from those around her?
In her directorial debut, Barbra takes filmmaking to an entirely different level. Mixing drama with a hint of her signature comedy, she has created a movie that digs so much deeper than what the eye can see. In a dedication to her father and all fathers in the world, Yentl is a film about defying the unfairness of a situation and proving people wrong, becoming a different person in the process. The film won one Academy Award and two Golden Globes, making Barbra the first woman to ever win a Golden Globe for Best Director.
All credit for this photo goes to the creative team behind the movie.
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