MOVIES & DVDs

From musicals, through comedy to drama, Barbra’s movies cover a range of entertainment fields.
Many of her movies are cemented as landmark events, career turning points and others such as Yentl and Mirror Has Two Faces, Barbra saw as personal expression and statements.
If you are a new fan, or looking to complete your collection, here is a round up of all the movies you can look for on DVD and Blu-Ray. Many come in collections, some are special editions and contain many extras such as cut scenes and informative commentaries.

FUNNY GIRL (1968)

Barbra took home a Best Actress Oscar for her role as singer-comedienne Fanny Brice in this classic musical comedy. Directed by one of Hollywood’s best, William Wyler (see an interview with Wyler in INTERVIEWS)


Funny Girl was a huge commercial success and firmly launched Barbra into mega stardom. Today, it continues to rank high as a ‘landmark’ debut movie for its leading lady.
Based on the life of Broadway star, Fanny Brice, similarities link Barbra with Brice. In 1910 Brice began her association with Florenz Ziegfeld headlining his Ziegfeld Follies from 1910 into the 1930s. In the 1921 she sang "My Man" it became both a big hit and her signature song. The second song most associated with Brice is "Second Hand Rose."


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."
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Funny Girl follows the rollercoaster of Brice's personal and professional lives. From her days as a roller-skating chorus girl to a star-making turn in "Ziegfeld Follies" and her marriage to dashing gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). With Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon; songs include "People" and “My Man” 

**Widescreen, filmographies; theatrical trailers; featurettes.

*Right, Barbra with her Funny Girl Teddy part of the annual chairty auction on Broadway, signed by her. (1997)






HELLO, DOLLY (1969)

Hello, Dolly! A popular musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and baseda book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955

Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and nine other Tonys. The show album Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into a 1969 film that was nominated for seven Academy Awards.


Dolly Levi, a New York-based matchmaker who merrily arranges things... like furniture and daffodils and lives. A widow, she has found herself in love with a "half-a-millionaire" Yonkers merchant named Horace Vandergelder. So she proceeds to weave a web of romantic complications involving him, his two clerks, a pretty milliner and her assistant. Eventually, of course, all is sorted out, and everyone ends up with the right person.
With Dir. Gene Kelly on set.







Written by Tommy Peter and directed by Hollywood veteran, Gene Kelly, this lavish screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical teams Barbra with Walter Matthau. Despite her concerns that she was too young for the part, Barbra pulls off the role of the big hearted Dolly and holds her own in this just her second movie. Exteriors were filmed in Garrison, New York and New York 14th Street was built on the huge back lot at Fox (it would be used again in Up The Sandbox)


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














ON A CLEAR DAY (1970)

Directed by Vincent Minnelli, Clear Day is another gorgeous production laced with memorable tunes with wonderful lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. 


















This was Barbra’s third movie and, like dolly, was based on a Broadway show titled ‘I picked a Daisy’

Above: Outtakes

On the instance of her ultra-conservative fiancé Warren, scatter-brained five-packs-a-day Chain smoker Daisy Gamble sees psychiatrist Marc Chabot for help in kicking her habit. While under hypnosis, she reveals she is a reincarnation of Lady Melinda Winifred Waine Tentrees, a seductive 19th century coquette who was born the illegitimate daughter of a kitchen maid. She married nobleman Robert Tentrees during the period of the English Regency, then was tried for espionage and treason after he abandoned her. As their sessions progress, complications arise when Chabot begins to fall in love with Daisy's exotic former self and Daisy begins to fall for him.


Alan Jay Lerner made a number of changes in adapting his stage play for the screen. The character of Frenchman Dr. Marc Chabot originally was Austrian Mark Bruckner.



The period of Melinda's life was moved ahead a decade or two, her family background is different, and the cause of her death was changed from drowning at sea to unjust execution. In the stage play, the question of whether Daisy really was a reincarnation of Melinda went unresolved, but the film script made it clear she was. The character of Daisy's stepbrother Tad Pringle (Jack Nicholson) was added, although most of his scenes and his song "Who Is There Among Us Who Knows?" ended up on the cutting room floor. Additionally, the future of Daisy and Marc's relationship was altered, and several ensemble musical numbers were excluded from the film.



Filming locations included Central Park, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Pan Am Building , and Lexington Avenue (Manhattan) Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England. Kemp Town East Sussex.  
One of my fave songs from Clear Day...




Owl and The Pussycat (1970)


After three family friendly musicals, Pussycat was a huge jump for Barbra.
Being one of the first big screen actress’ to use the ‘F’ word, Barbra says it just once in the movie, depending on which cut you see, it garnered Owl and The Pussycat an ‘R’ rating.



A saucy, fast-paced, witty script, written bythe brilliant Buck Henry, Pussycat remains unfazed by time or trend and is still hilarious.
Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a neighboring flat is hooking. This is one, Doris, more wildcat than pussycat, and when Felix's report gets her evicted, her first port of call is Felix. It’s 3 a.m. she’s angry, scary and their fight get him evicted too.
A nude scene took some persuading before Barbra agreed to it – on the condition if she didn’t like it, it would be cut. Upon seeing it, Barbra revoked it, saying it failed to set the humour for the next scene and it wasn’t used. Barbra also stuck to her guns and refused to sing for this movie. She did record ‘The Best Thing You’ve Ever Done’ which was released on The Way We Were album.


Taken from the hit Broadway play, it also stars Robert Klein, Alan Garfield; look for porn star Marilyn Chambers (aka Evelyn Lang) as Klein's girlfriend. 96 min. Standard and Widescreen Dir. Herb Ross
















 


 What’s Up Doc? (1972)

Buck Henry explained that What’s Up Doc? Sits in the genre of ‘farce’ which means, it’s basically about nothing, except itself.
Barbra admired Bogdanovich’s movie ‘Last Picture Show’ and she wanted to work with him, so, despite failing to find the actual movie funny, Barbra made it.


Bogdanovich tipped his hat to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s, such as Bringing Up Baby, and the Bugs Bunny cartoons. It also starred the brilliant Madeline Kahn in what was her first full-length role and she was nominateed for a Golden Globe. Barbra plays a charming flake who distracts a self-absorbed musicologist (Ryan O'Neal). He's engaged to be married, but soon Streisand's character has him chasing after stolen jewellery and getting into one madcap fix after another.



"Hello, Eunice, come on in.."


Madeline Kahn excelled in what was her first full length movie role.











Overall the movie was a huge success and the third highest grossing movie of ’72. It garnered The Writers Guild of America Award for a Comedy written directly for the screen.
The San Francisco Hilton doubled as the Bristol Hotel and part of the movie was shot in Paramus, New Jersey. 


It's almost impossible to talk about about Doc without mentioning the wonderful, on target performance by Liam Dunn – The Judge. 


Just as the movie heads towards it’s 
conclusion… here comes the judge, and what a star he is!



The DVD contains a cracking commentary by Bogdanovich which is always on subject. Bogdanovich admits to having a great time while making Doc and litters his commentary with loads of amusing memories and insights. 
Added are 12 minutes of commentary from Barbra. Likely she hadn’t seen the movie for   years when she comes to record her 
commentary. Ironically, now it seems Barbra finds What’s Up Doc? Amusing! Indeed her closing line is ‘Funny isn’t it?’ The DVD also includes the original, cutely produced, featurette. Widescreen.



What's Up Doc? Bloopers!

Up The Sandbox (1972)

Up The Sandbox was directed by Irvin Kershner and Paul Zindel's screenplay was based on a novel by Anne Roiphe.
Made when Barbra's career was in full stride, she is Margaret, a stay-at-home mom in the middle of New York who's feeling the strain of her narrow life.

Frustrated by her self-involved husband and the emotionally rewarding but mentally unstimulating tasks of motherhood, she escapes into fantasies--such as being hit on by a cross-gendered Fidel Castro, bombing the Statue of Liberty with black militants, and having a furious catfight with her overbearing mother. Sandbox sees a great performance from Barbra as a work-a-day mom. Both Barbra and Director Irvin Kershner, offer commentaries and each gives us a great insight into the well rounded characters and the movie.






Critics in general were impressed by Streisand's performance but thought the film itself was a confusing mess. Audiences avoided it in droves, and it proved to be one of her lowest-grossing films ever.
However, like many movies that failed on it’s initial release, Sandbox if finding a whole new audience via DVD and with commentarys by both Kershner and Barbra, it’s easy to gain a new understanding of the confusing story line.




Often, Sandbox is demanding of its audience. It offers little in the way of signposts for some of the main fantasies and is uncompromising in its portrayal of work-a-day people and their lives (so drab, it’s easy to understand why Margaret’s fantasys are so elaborate) but there-in lies its strength, for this writer anyway. Barbra’s portrayal of an every-day Margaret is superb. 



Barbra's on set chair -note the X over the 3rd A



The cast includes Barbra Streisand, David Selby, Paul Benedict, George S. Irving, Conrad Bain, Isabel Sanford, Lois Smith, and look out for Stockard Channing in her film debut.




Left: Inside the Statue of Liberty

Trailer 



THE WAY WE WERE (1973)

The movie poster said it all, STREISAND AND REDFORD TOGETHER! Easily one of the finest on-screen pairing and cinema romances ever. Robert Redford and Barbra as two philosophically different types whose love affair stretches from their '30s college days to marriage and the turmoil of '50s Hollywood.

Sydney Pollack described directing Barbra as be given ‘a great big present.’ In turn, Robert Redford said, “Working with Barbra I hold as one of the high points of my film career.”
The title song "The Way We Were" written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, scored by Marvin Hamlisch and performed by Barbra, became and remains, a huge hit with fans and movie audiences in general. It won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Song and also made AFI's list of Top 100 Songs from Film; ranking at number eight.

What a combo! We love Bob and Barbra!

"I just know when I'm clicking with a woman.." Robert Redford



It topped the Billboard chart for one week in 1974 was replaced by "Love's Theme" (Love Unlimited Orchestra) It then returned to number one for two additional weeks.

The single version of the song is a different vocal take than the version which appeared on the original movie soundtrack and subsequent greatest hits compilations. The soundtrack version of the song, a completely different take with alternate music track, appears on "Just For the Record." Barbra's version was listed at #90 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time.


Below: A chat between takes.





Sydney Pollack, Barbra, Marvin Hamlisch and others involved in the movie feature in an interesting documentary featured on the DVD.







Co-Stars include Bradford Dillman, Viveca Lindfors. 118 min. Widescreen.

Trailer


                                        
 FOR PETE’S SAKE (1974)


“I’d heard Barbra was difficult to get along with,” confessed her co-star, Michael Sarrazin. “I was a little scared, but we got along right from the beginning. We laughed a lot, she the greatest sense of humour. Funny!”




Henrietta (Barbra, who renamed her character, Henri for the part) and Pete Robbins (Sarrazin) are a young couple struggling to get by on Pete’s earnings a cab driver. When Henrietta gets an inside tip on pork belly futures, she borrows $3,000 from a loan shark to purchase the stock. Unfortunately, its value fails increase as rapidly as she anticipated. When she's unable to pay her debt, her contract is sold to Mrs. Cherry, a grandmotherly-type who operates a prostitution ring. Henri's initial attempts at entertaining
comically fails and her contract is sold again ... and again, as Henri fails to meet the requirements of each new individual to whom she becomes indebted — each time for more money. All the while she is keeping her new enterprises (bomber, then cattle rustler) secret from an unsuspecting Pete.

















 It would be this movie that prompted a meeting between Barbra and long time buea, Jon Peters. “When I arrived at the house, she kept me waiting half an hour,” Peters would later say. “I was ready to leave, then she told me she wanted me to make a wig. I didn’t make wigs. I was insulted.”
Directed by Peter Yates. Co Stars, Estelle Parsons, Molly Picon also star. 90 min. Dir. Peter Yates the DVD offers a commentary by Yates.


Fun on set with Dir. Peter yates
With Jason on set.

**The title tune, "For Pete's Sake (Don't Let Him Down)," was written by Artie Butler and Mark Lindsay.
Trailer


 FUNNY LADY (1975)

Barbra returned to the role that put her on the map, Ziegfeld superstar Fanny Brice. James Caan is sly and sexy as Fanny's second husband, composer/entrepreneur Billy Rose. Fine musical score belted out in Barbra’s the inimitable manner.

Although Barbra (now 32) was contractually bound to make one more film for producer Ray Stark (Fanny Brice's one-time son-in-law), Barbra wasn’t overly interested at doing the project. She told Stark "that it would take litigation to make her do a sequel." However, the script, which showed Fanny to be "...tougher, more acerbic, more mature...", changed Barbra’s mind.



A nod to the wonderful Roddy McDowell




Love this scene. Barbra's timing is spot on and their chemistry perfect. 'You ask me, and you ask me nice!'
      That's some cool hat!
The first actor to read for the role of Billy Rose was Robert Blake. Other actors were mentioned, including Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, but ultimately James Caan was chosen. Barbra noted,"It comes down to whom the audience wants me to kiss. Robert Blake, no. James Caan, yes."
Stark, unhappy with the scenes shot by the original cinematographer, lured an ailing James Wong Howe out of retirement to complete the film. It proved to be his final project, and it earned him an Academy Award nomination.
Bowing to pressure from Studio heads, Ross trimmed the film 136 minutes. Casualties included chunks of Ben Vereen's performance, Brice's "Baby Snooks" radio show and dramatic scenes involving her and her daughter.


One of the definite highlights highlights: 'How Lucky Can You Get? A powerhouse performance!
Below: He promised he wouldn't do it before the take - but Caan lied, lol



                                     


Like Funny Girl, Funny Lady is littered with memorable songs and performances from Barbra, including How Lucky Can You Get?, Great Day and More Than You Know.
In addition to Howe, Oscar nominations went to Ray Aghayan and Bob Mackie for Best Costume Design, John Kander and Fred Ebb for Best Original Song ("How Lucky Can You Get?"), Peter Matz for Best Scoring of an Original Song Score and/or Adaptation, and the sound crew. 


Streisand, Caan, and Vereen all received Golden Globe Award nods, as did Kander and Ebb and the film itself, but it was shut out of any wins in both competitions


Co Stars, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall, Ben Vereen also star. 135 min. Widescreen. Dir. Herb Ross     









Barbra meeting HRH The Queen at the Royal Premiere of Funny Lady, London, UK



                                        
A STAR IS BORN (1976)


Can you believe A Star Is Born is 30?! Another remake, Barbra's version is a cracking, updated version that remains a firm favourite.
A love story, set amid the turbulent rock world, the decline of a burned out performer, juxtaposed with the thrilling rise of a new talent, ASIB is a timeless story. Barbra's version catapulted the scenario into the 70s capturing the ambience of a lost era. Forget the in-fighting and the stories you may have read, through Jon's enthusiasm for a script he had no idea had already been filmed twice before, and Barbra's artistic vision, melded (when they did) with Pierson's directing, we are quickly sucked into John Norman's drug and alcohol fuelled existence. He's on a destructive path to nowhere. Esther is heading up, he can't go with her, and the thought of taking her down with him scares him more than death itself.







Great, iconic image

Esther Hoffman is the lightening rod that connects us to his world allowing us to peak behind the curtain of stardom. It's hardly glamorous. But along with Esther we have fallen in love, been swept up by a man and events that takes her from club circuit obscurity to the heady heights of stardom. You wish he could pull it together, but he's gathering speed on his road to destruction. 
Ultimately, his demise in a car accident rips at the heart. Barbra’s commentary is a major bonus here. Throughout she helps us understand the change and growth of these complex 
characters, their intense love, and the crazy world they attempt to navigate as its demands threatens their relationship. Robert Surtees and Barbra had enormous respect and affection for one another, the result is inspired lighting and cinematography that frames each scene and its principle characters.






Interesting, Barbra notes that, for the finale, when Esther takes the stage, she appears a small figure in the spotlight, yet her shadow is very big. The same image was applied for her recent Tour logo. The perception (created by the spotlight) is much bigger than the actual person that casts it. That shadow can become impossibly tall, observe as it overwhelms John Norman.
It could be argued that A Star Is Born induced a pivital turning point in Barbra's career. With it, she firmly cemented her status as a legendary actress/performer and a much younger audience became hooked on this amazing 'actress that sings.'


Loaded with great extras including deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Barbra, and (silent) footage of costume trials – this is a must have DVD for Streisand fans and lovers of classic movies with real stories and characters at its heart.






**Above: the press conference at Sun Devil Stadium  (The man in shades and dark jacket is Barbra's then PR man, Lee Solters) 
                                      

MAIN EVENT (1979)

The Main Event is another comedic effort and re-teams Barbra with her Doc co-star, Ryan O’Neal. 


Barbra plays a bankrupt executive, who discovers she's lost everything--except her ownership of a contract of a washed-up boxer Kid Natural (O'Neal). Laughs and romantic sparks fly when she pushes this ‘tax write-off’ back into the ring in order to re-coup her losses.






on set
It’s not quite What’s Up Doc? but it has it’s moments and Barbra and O’Neal exude great comedic chemistry. Barbra was contracted for three movies to First Artists. She liked the script and wanted to work with Ryan O’Neal again.

“The script drew it’s conflict from the battle of sexes,” writer, Gail Parent noted. “In order to have a good male-female comedy, they have to be equal.”

The script wasn’t finished when shooting began in October 1978 and Barbra would spend her lunches working with the writers. Barbra told Jonathan Ross, “We needed an ending so was invited crew members to write treatments. Howard Zieff (the director) said, ‘you want me to read a treatment from the soundman?’ I said, ‘Why not? He has an idea, you don’t.’”
Despite receiving negative reviews from critics, Main Event was one of the Top 10 highest grossing films of the year at the box office. It was also Barbra’s first foray into disco, singing the Golden Globe-nominated theme song written by Paul Jabara and Bruce Roberts.
In the June of 1979, a soundtrack was released on LP, cassette, and eight-track. In October 1993, it was released on CD. The CD is now out of print. The soundtrack seems to play as basically an extended single of "The Main Event/Fight", containing an 11:39 version, an edited and slightly altered version at 4:54, released as the single, and a ballad version titled simply "The Main Event" as it omits the "Fight" parts. A DJ-only promo 12" single was released for "The Main Event/Fight."






Perhaps it isn’t quite What’s Up Doc? But Main Event does succeed in paying slight homage to prior battle of the sexes movies, has some great moments and it remains a favourite.










ALL NIGHT LONG (1981)


This role was written specially for Gene Hackman and his original co-star was Lisa Eichorn. However, a week into shooting, director Jean Claude Tramont called the actress and explained it simply wasn’t working.

Sue Mengers, Barbra agent at the time and wife of Tramont asked Barbra to step in as favour. At that time, Barbra was looking for roles that were ‘different’ and she accepted.



Hackman, a man nearing middle age, is demoted after a temper tantrum and reduced to working as the manager of an all-night pharmacy/convenience store. The film shows the effects this has on his wife (Ladd), adult son (Quaid), and on a new found relationship with his sister-in-law (Barbra), an untalented singer-songwriter married to a volatile fire-fighter (Dobson).
All Night Long received mixed reviews, though some critics praised Barbra’s performance as one of her very best.
Stephen Holder, in Rolling Stone magazine, gave the film a positive review, adding that Barbra's performance suggested Marilyn Monroe. Pauline Kale in The New Yorker was full of praise for the film : " The director, Jean-Claude Torment, a Belgian who had worked in American television, is a sophisticated jokester. There may be a suggestion of Lubitsch and of Max Ophuls in his approach, and there is more than a suggestion of Jacques Tati. Gene Hackman, whose speciality has been believable, lived-in characters, gives one of his most likeable performances."


                                     (Off-set with Hackman)



**Poster variations 
Highlight of the movie for me. Hilarious!

Not one of Barbra’s brightest outings, but, as always, her performance is true. Look out for her hilarious ‘off-key’ rendition of a home-spun country ditty titled 'Carelessly Tossed'.



Deleted scenes 

YENTL (1983)

The moment Barbra read the opening words of Nobel prize winning author, Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, ‘After Her father had died,’ the powerful story of Yentl, a girl that defied convention, craved an education and dared to ask ‘why?’ cemented itself in Barbra’s heart and mind.


"Yentl, is a girl with a dream," Barbra explained. "Who is not afraid to take chances."


Fifteen long years later, Barbra arrived on British soil in 1983 to make and direct YENTL. 
A movie that dealt with the many different kinds of love and followed the trials of a Jewish girl, who disguises herself as a boy, and embarks on a brave new path that would bring her that coveted education, love, and much more…


I'm a little nervous, too.."

When Mandy Patinkin arrived on the set in London, he found a huge box on his dressing table. "What was Barbra giving me?" he says. "Cookies? Pastry? I unwrapped it and found a seven-volume set called The Legends of the Jews. Things that Avigdor would know."





Trade Ads for Yentl (H'wood Reporter)
As if being a first time director wasn’t a huge undertaking in itself, Yentl’s story would also be shot abroad in various European locations, (doubling as early 1900 Eastern Europe) including Czechoslovakia, and would include no less than nine songs, written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Michael 
LeGrand.




The songs are expertly woven within the tapestry that is Yentl. Each deals with her emotions, opinions and are amazingly philosophical. A line from A Piece Of Sky 'The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know', is brilliant. (Deservedly, The Bergmans won the Oscar for Best Film Score that year)

Barbra revealed, “On the first day of shooting, I shook the hand of a crew member. It was a little sweaty, and I told him, ‘Don’t worry, I’m nervous, too..’” Nerves aside, Barbra remained focused on her vision and her goal. Existing most days on just four hours of sleep, Barbra’s door was open as a co-star, a producer, an actress, singer, writer and director. It was a monumental task, at that time an unparalleled accomplishment by any other woman in the industry - and the result is spectacular.


Yentl – Special Edition, at last!
When the Director’s Edition DVD of Yentl was released, the wait was finally over. We had all been eagerly waiting on this one and it delivers on all levels. Barbra presented a splendid ‘Special Edition’ DVD’s. Her commentary is insightful and on-topic, ultimately you learn more the movie, achieve a better understanding of characters, and gain some insight as to how Barbra thinks and works as a film maker.

Yentl was a very personal movie for Barbra to undertake on many levels and it’s obvious she has channelled the same love, care and attention to detail into this special DVD release.







With a commentary, deleted scenes, rehearsal footage, story boards and more, Yentl is a must have for anyone who loves and appreciates the art of film making and this wonderful, uplifting movie. 


Left: Barbra attended the Royal Premiere of Yentl in London, UK. The Royal Guest was Princess Alexandra. 






NUTS (1987)

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.



While her doting mother (Maureen Stapleton) and stepdad with a secret (Karl Malden) try to have her judged incompetent and sent to an asylum, she fights for her day in court with the help of a hapless legal aid attorney (Richard Dreyfuss). With this venture, Barbra (who developed and produced the project) is able to sink her teeth into a dramatic role.

The plot thickens building to a dramatic revelation. Barbra’s performance is superb.
In 1980, Universal Studios purchased the film rights to Tom Toper's off-off-Broadway play and financed its move to Broadway. The studio greenlit the film adaptation in January 1982 and announced Mark Rydell would produce and direct Debra Winger in the relatively low-budget film. Barbra wanted the role, but filming was scheduled to begin in the summer of 1982 and Rydell was unwilling to postpone the project while she completed Yentl.



However, Universal, concerned about the controversial nature of Nuts sold it to Warner Bros., where it remained in limbo until 1986. Topor and Rydell clashed about the film's focus and Rydell eventually quit, citing scheduling problems, budgetary concerns, and artistic differences. It was his second time that he had abandoned a Streisand property; he had walked away from A Star Is Born a decade earlier. Barbra assumed producing chores but declined to direct, and Martin Ritt was hired to replace Rydell and Barbra hired Andrzej Bartkowiak, (He filmed the documentary the Making of The Broadway Album), as director of photography.

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.
Aside from a few days of exterior shooting in Manhattan, the film, budgeted at $25 million, was made in Los Angeles. Principal photography began on October 6, 1986 and ended in early February. When the film previewed in October 1987, audience feedback was very positive.


Barbra organized a
birthday surprise
for cinematographer
Joel Schiller

The movie and its stars garnered three Golden Globes nods between them, Best Actress, Supporting actor and movie, but lost out on all.

**The entire musical score was written by Barbra and released as an album.





THE PRINCE OF TIDES (1991)

The Prince of Tides (1991) is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Pat Conroy. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to overcome the psychological damage inflicted by his dysfunctional childhood in South Carolina.

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




















MIRROR HAS TWO FACES (1996)







“I like to make films that make people feel,” Barbra explained. “I like to make films about positive transformations.”


A remake of a 1958 French film Mirror co-stars Jeff Bridges as a college professor tired of sexual politics. He makes a 


deal with a dowdy colleague (Barbra) that they provide companionship for one another, with no thought of getting into bed. She agrees but soon becomes frustrated, the agreement only reinforcing her unfulfilled desire to have a complete relationship with a man.



    Below: On set


While Greg is away, Rose undergoes a transformation, she looses some weight, works out and finally, the glorious butterfly that has longer to emerge appears. However, Greg’s theories about intellectual and platonic relationships are put to the test as he realises he is falling in love with Rose.


The wonderful George Segal plays Gregory’s best friend and it’s cool to see Barbra re-united with her pussycat co-star (in a way) Segal stepped in when British actor, Dudley Moore (hired as Henry Fine) was forced to leave the project. Rumours suggested Moore turned up for shooting drunk. Despite his lines being written on huge cure cards, Moore struggled during his short time on the shoot. Reportedly, he sat down with Barbra and the two had a heart-to-heart and mutually agreed he should depart the shoot. It would emerge that Moore was dealing with personal problems (at home) as well as serious health concerns and it emerged he was battling an incurable brain disease (Progressive supranuclear Palsy) He died in 2002.


Mimi Rogers is on hand as Rose's striking sister, and Lauren Bacall received an Oscar nomination for her role as the heroine's selfish mother. Directed by Barbra, The Mirror Has Two Faces is a ‘smart’ feel good romantic comedy. Mimi Rogers and Lauren Bacall are superb.





Bacall was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Also added to the mix is the superb Brenda Vaccaro – “Brenda and I have known each other for years,” Barbra noted. “She is my friend in real life so it makes sense she play my friend on-screen.’ Fans will have almost certainly spotted Austin Pendelton from What’s Up Doc?


I Finally Found Someone, recorded with Bryan Adams. 




Trailer below


MEET THE FOCKERS (2004)





Not strictly a Barbra movie, she shares the screen with other legends, Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro. In it’s prequel, we met her parents, now meet his – Mr and Mrs Focker. Roz Focker marked Barbra’s return to the big screen in this hilarious sequel to Meet The Parents.

After being given permission to marry Pam, the daughter of a retired CIA agent, Gaylord "Greg" Focker travels to Miami, with his fiancée, her nephew "Little Jack," her parents and their cat to meet his quirky parents, Roz and Bernie Focker. Roz is a sex therapist for the elderly, while Greg's dad is a prosecutor who stopped practicing to be a stay-at-home dad when Greg was born. On the other hand, Pam’s parents Jack and Dina are traditionally conservative, which produces many of the movie's set ups and comedic situations. This movie shows an evolution in Jack’s relationship with his family. In the first movie, Meet the Parents, Jack is always in control of his family, whereas this time he goes too far with his suspicious nature and covert operations to expose what he believes is Greg's secret past.
“Dustin and Barbra should have been a comedy act,” Director Jay Roach said. “They have great comic timing. They could have done Vaudville, or I Love Lucy or Tracy-Hepburn stuff.”
Much of the humour is derived from a clash between to very different sets of parents. The Fockers are very open-minded, touchy-feely, say what on their mind and all this makes DeNiro’s uptight, conservative character somewhat uncomfortable.



**Check out the DVD for Barbra's fit of the giggles during one take

Speaking of his on-screen Mom, Stiller said, “She’s like the earthy, cool, sex therapist for seniors, which is what she does in the movie. So she just lets it all hang out, and she looks great!”
It’s great to see Barbra being funny. Further more, it’s great to simply see her ‘act’ without other responsibilties like producing or directing demanding her time and attention. Personally, this is one of Barbra’s great performances. She continually ‘acts’ regardless whether she is the focus of the scene or not. Barbra is at ease, comfortable in the role, a very gifted comedienne and plays it out right down the line.



Publicity interviews for Fockers

Trailer


COMING THIS WINTER! - LITTLE FOCKERS!








Roz Focker is back!

**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

OTHER DVD'S 
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.

**DVD boxset**









 Contains 4 movies Up The Sandbox, Nuts, What's Up Doc? & The Main Event. Commentaries and featurettes etc, included.
 
 
 
Order the box set and other Barbra Movies from Play.com or amazon.co.uk or amazon.com