Above: various Movie Posters.
Barbra adored her director, William Wyler. He spoke to Roald Rynning for All About Barbra magazine while in London. When asked about the 'reported' problems on the set of Funny Girl, Wyler dismissed them, stressing that like Bette Davis, Barbra was interested in every phase of the film, not just her own part. "She was very professional," Whyler said. "Very satisfying and worked tirelessly."
*Right, Barbra with her Funny Girl Teddy part of the annual chairty auction on Broadway, signed by her. (1997)
HELLO, DOLLY (1969)
Supporting cast includes: Michael Crawford and Louis Armstrong, and a score that includes "Before the Parade Passes By," "Just Leave Everything to Me" and the title song, add to the fun. 148 min. Widescreen
THE WAY WE WERE (1973)
FOR PETE’S SAKE (1974)
A STAR IS BORN (1976)
MAIN EVENT (1979)
Highlight of the movie for me. Hilarious!
Nuts sees Barbra as a high-priced "escort" accused of murder, but whether she's mad as hell or just nuts is the question in this courtroom drama. Adapted from the play by Tom Topor.
Barbra researched her role by studying schizophrenic patients in a mental ward and interviewing prostitutes at a Los Angeles brothel. Richard Dreyfuss was offered the role of Aaron Levinsky and filming was postponed yet again to allow him to complete Tin Men.
This film also has the distinction of being Leslie Nielsen's final dramatic film role. Nielsen had been establishing himself in comedy and the next year would star in The Naked Gun.
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THE PRINCE OF TIDES (1991)
The film was created by, produced/dire and directed by Barbra from a screenplay by Conroy and Becky Johnston. Tides garnered many nominations including Best Picture, but lost the award to The Silence of the Lambs.
Tom Wingo, a disillusioned football coach, leaves his wife and sets off for New York in an to help his psychologically-troubled sister. He embarks on an affair with his sister's psychiatrist, Susan Lowenstein, (Barbra) and through this, she gains the courage to resolve her own marital strife. Lowenstein, desperate to unlock the door to her patient's self-destructive pattern, relies on Tom to be his sister's memory. What she doesn't realise is that the last thing Tom wants to do is remember.
Haunted by a painful childhood memories and a domineering mother, Tom will discover the only thing worse than not remembering, is not telling.
This is one of Barbra’s best movies. A huge box office success, it propelled her image as a director and grossed over 100 million world wide. Barbra, expertly draws an Oscar Nominated performance from her co-star, Nick Nolte.
Barbra’s performance is excellent considering the demands behind the camera too. The flashbacks, essential to the telling of the story are well placed and handles well. Overall, the movie is well paced and Barbra’s son, Jason (Gould) does a great job as Bernard (her on-screen son) a troubled teen desperately in need of a father figure.
Prince of Tides enjoyed a prestigious Royal Film Premiere in London’s Leicester Square and was attended by Princess Diana. On the movie's completion, the packed cinema rose and applauded, demanding Barbra give a speech. Eventually, Barbra obliged, and as Diana looked on, she remembered the Yentl Premiere and explained that London was always a special place for her. Again, we were lucky to present at the Premiere. It was a great night and a thrill to see Barbra and Jason together. The next day the press suggested that Barbra was nervous to meet Diana. Barbra quickly issued a statement noting that she was not nervous but was thrilled to meet the Princess.
Places That Belong To You
Publicity interviews for Fockers
COMING THIS WINTER! - LITTLE FOCKERS!
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**Want to know more? You can find some great pictures and rare insight into all of Barbra big screen ventures at www.Barbra-archives.com
THE ACTOR'S STUDIO AND THE DIRECTORS
This is a fascinating, insightful, revealing and, at times, hilarious conversation!
The Actor’s Studio is very specific. Going into it, you know, and should be prepared, to practically bare your (artistic) soul. On occasion that has been a very emotional experience for some of the actors that have graced this stage.
James Lipton sits with a stack of research notes/cards – and the research is meticulous to the point that, one this occasion, Barbra constantly learned a few things she either never knew or had long forgotten.
They begin at the beginning and he asks the simple question, “Where were you born?” “Brooklyn” Barbra smiles proudly and the audience applauds. From this point he moves through her childhood, her teenage years and on to her sudden breakthrough and meteoric rise to mega-watt stardom.
At this point, do not be put off. It doesn’t matter how many autobiographies of Barbra’s you have read, or interviews you have seen – it is different to ‘hear’ Barbra speak fondly and wistfully of bygone events. It is always interesting, compulsive viewing and very entertaining.
Barbra relaxes quite quickly and the conversation flows easily. There some funny moments, quick witted comments coming from both Barbra and her interviewer – Barbra laughs often at the banter. An amusing moment occurs when Barbra notes she is hungry and would love a cookie or a kit Kat bar. A little later a crewman is on hand with a huge plate of cookies.
Below: Barbra's father, next, with Sheldon
Barbra fields an equally interesting Q and A from the student audience. Note the front row many of her friends and associates are seated, including Donna Karan, Marty Erlichman and Cis Corman.
It’s a must have for sure. You can order it from Amazon UK or Amazon USA.
THE DIRECTOR'S SERIES
THE FILMS OF BARBRA STREISAND
This is an insightful DVD, a must not only for a Streisand admirer, but anyone interested in the process of film making.
You learn a lot from listening to Barbra as she explains and reveals much of the thinking and inspiration behind her approach to directing as well as many of her directing decisions.
She speaks of those who have inspired her and you learn where many of her ideas came from. Her use of elements, such as water and it’s growing expanse to match Yentl’s journey is fascinating and an example of her incredible attention to detail, details that create lines that operate on a ‘sub-conscious’ level.
Co-workers: Mimi Rogers, Lauren Bacall, Nick Nolte and others are on hand throughout and reveal their personal observations and admiration of Barbra as a director.