The life of comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies, including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein.
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Admirers of William Wyler’s staging of dramatic scenes might compare the visual lines of tension the director establishes in the sofa-and-I’ll-see-you-to-the-door scene with the equivalent effect in The Letter back in 1940. Wyler has lost none of his impersonal expert-ness over the years. He and Barbra were well matched in their chilling professionalism.
Barbara Streisand's performance is stupendous, especially the different colors of her voice and the timing of her singing. Although the last part after the intermission gets weaker there are plenty of memorable sequences in the film. Two of my favorites are the roller-skate scene and the parody of Tchaikovskys "Swan Lake".
As the love story between the artist and the parasite is uninteresting, let's focus on the acts, the songs and the gorgeous William Wyler's mise-en-scene. The parody of Tchaïkovski's Swan Lake is hilarious. Highly recommended.
Although its 150+ minute length runs overlong, Barbara Streisand delivers a truly phenomenal performance as the lead Fanny Brice. Some of the musical numbers are truly excellent as well, especially "Don't Rain on my Parade" and "My Man". A good musical that Streisand's performance transforms into a fantastic experience.
Although Barbra Streisand’s performance prevents you from connecting with any other character, it is what makes the movie so enjoyable. Regardless her acting outshining any aspect of the movie - or maybe preventing us from seeing that they weren’t really notable to begin with - it was enough to build an engaging musical, as well as to introduce an amazing artist.
Barbra Streisand owns the role - perhaps she owns it too much and too well. It is less about Fanny Brice than Barbra, the star she was herself. Her stellar performance on the Broadway stage must have felt great to the audience, but William Wyler seems to painstakingly find some sort of balance as she overshadows everybody else.
But what a voice!
Great performance, but just a good film.
Une jeune danseuse engagée dans la troupe des Ziegfeld Follies arrive à force de volonté et de talent à percer dans le milieu difficile de la comédie musicale jusqu'à devenir une incontestable vedette .....
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2-3. Barbra Streisand really does deliver a fun, vivacious performance in her role as Fanny Brice. And the film has dynamic cinematography, as well as some neat postmodern flourishes (using music to stitch elliptical editing together is a great idea). But it's really hard to talk about just how little conflict is happening in this movie, as well as the issues with the central love story.
The fact that it is too long didn't bother me at all for it is so good. I enjoyed the first part way more, though. Barbra simply shines! The songs are very good as well, especially "Don't Rain on my Parade".