Yentl

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MGM Released 1983

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Director:
Barbra Streisand
Released:
1983
Rating:
PG

Yentl is the 1983 musical drama directed, written by, and starring legendary singer/actress Barbara Streisand. Streisand plays Yentl Mendel, a girl living in one of 1873 Poland's Ashkenazi Jewish community. Yentl is a somewhat boyish girl who's father taught her to read and study the talmud (the Jewish book of law - forbidden to women) until he died, leaving her orphaned. To pursue her education, Yentl dresses as a boy named Anshel, and enrolls in the Yeshiva (Jewish school). She quickly befriends and falls in love with a boy named Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), but can never tell him because he is engaged to Hadass (Amy Irving), and he only knows her as a man. To complicate matters, Hadass' father does not approve of Avigdor's family history, and will not let her marry him. Avigdor asks his friend Anshel to marry her in his place so that no other man would. Soon Hadass falls in love with Anshel - still unsuspecting that her now husband is actually a woman that is in love with her former fiance. Yentl teaches Hadass to read, and reunites Avigdor with his love after confessing her secret and true feelings. She leaves for America for a chance of a better life. The film is an adaptation of the Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer play of the same name; which is based Singer's short story Yentl The Yeshiva Boy. It won an oscar for best original score and the first best director golden globe for a female director.

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Arts, Drama, Music

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Love & Romance, Musicals