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Barbra Streisand's directorial debut, Yentl, is a musical adaptation of a story by the beloved Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. Yentl (Streisand) is a young woman who wants nothing more than to study religious scripture. She is denied that possibility because she is a woman. She moves, passes herself off as a male named Anshel, and then begins her studies. She becomes close to fellow student Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), eventually falling in love with him, although she can not reveal her true self as she would then be expelled. Avigdor is in love with Hadass (Amy Irving), but religious law forbids him from marrying her. Avigdor attempts to fix Anshel up with Hadass, leading to Hadass falling in love with Anshel. Yentl received four Academy Award nominations, including two Best Song nods.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2009
UPC: 0883904117766
Original Release: 1983
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:17:00
Sales rank: 6,611

Special Features

Disco One: An introduction by Barbara Streisand; Audio commentary by Barbara Streisand and co-producer Rusty Lemorande; Deleted scenes; Disc Two: An introduction to disc two by Barbara Streisand; The director's reel featurette; The rehearsal process with materials from Barbara's archives; My wonderful cast and crew featurette; Deleted song storyboard sequences; Barbra's 8mm concept film with option narration; Still galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Yentl/Anshel
Mandy Patinkin Avigdor
Amy Irving Hadass
Nehemiah Persoff Papa
Steven Hill Reb Alter Vishkower
Alan Corduner Shimmele
Ruth Goring Esther Rachel
David de Keyser Rabbi Zalman
Frank Baker Actor
Robbie Barnett Tailor's Assistant
Lynda Barron Pesche
Danny Brainin Actor
Gary Brown Actor
Teddy Kempner Student
Jack Lynn Bookseller
Doreen Mantle Mrs. Shaemen
Miriam Margolyes Sarah
Ian Sears David
Kerry Shale Actor
Bernard Spear Tailor
Anna Tzelniker Mrs. Kovner
Peter Whitman Actor

Technical Credits
Barbra Streisand Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Alan Bergman Score Composer,Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Score Composer,Songwriter
Tessa Davies Set Decoration/Design
Larry de Waay Executive Producer
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Jerome Kass Screenwriter
Steve Lanning Asst. Director
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Rusty Lemorande Producer
Gillian Lynne Choreography
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Rawlings Editor
Jack Rosenthal Screenwriter
Isaac Bashevis Singer Source Author
Leslie Tomkins Art Director
Roy Walker Production Designer
David Watkin Cinematographer
Alan Whibley Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Yentl
1. Village Life [:14]
2. Forbidden Books [3:27]
3. Against the Rules [1:24]
4. Where is it Written? [3:57]
5. Great Pride and Pleasure [3:23]
6. Transformation [1:41]
7. Papa, Can You Hear Me? [3:07]
8. If Not Now, When? [3:06]
9. Young Scholars [3:42]
10. Come to Bed [6:29]
11. Yeshiva [3:14]
12. This is One of Those Moments [3:17]
13. No Wonder [1:33]
14. Adam and Eve [4:06]
15. The Way He Makes Me Feel [5:48]
16. Avigdor's Pain [1:46]
17. The Replacement [1:57]
18. No Wonder (Part II) [3:51]
19. Hopeless Love [6:36]
20. Tomorrow Night [1:12]
21. ...Is Now Tonight [4:49]
22. Wedding Secret [4:13]
23. Husband and Wife [2:11]
24. Dinner Guest [1:18]
25. Will Someone Ever Look at Me That Way? [2:40]
26. No Matter What Happens [3:59]
27. No Wonder (Reprise) [3:58]
28. Yentl's Secret [:57]
29. More [5:13]
30. Written in My Heart [2:47]
31. A Piece of Sky [:29]
32. End Titles [4:18]

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Yentl 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Babs classic appealing to everyone. appropriate for most age groups. Well-structured story, beautiful cinematography, magnificent music and appealing performances make this a movie that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Bonus features, such as rehearsal footage and deleted scenes are fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Visually beautiful movie with wonderful music and an uplifting story, particularly for young women. Streisand's directorial debut is terrific and the extras show how long she worked on this movie and what went into making it. In particular, it shows the year she spent staging the musical numbers. Filmed on location in Eastern Europe, the movie was given extraordinary access to the various locales, including closing a major bridge for the first time soley for this production. The message of this movie is simple - Don't let anyone keep you from following your dreams. This is Streisand's masterpiece.
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