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Funny Girl (Bilingual)
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Ah, Barbra. Of all her onscreen personas, she sparkles in none as she does in her role as 1930s comedian Fanny Brice in the musical Funny Girl. Portraying the life of this star of stage and radio, Brice preens and prances and sings, captivating her audience both onscreen and off. Fanny Brice started life on the Lower East Side of New York, the daughter of a Jewish saloon owner. Not the prettiest girl around, Brice still managed to quickly rise to stardom as a performer in the Ziegfield Follies. A shrewd, obstinate woman, Brice dictated her own success story on stage; things were a different matter in romance. Falling hard for the stunning Nick Arnstein (suavely played by Omar Sharif), Brice must navigate a difficult marriage. While kids may love the tunes (which include the now-infamous "People," as in "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world"), the plot is definitely adult-oriented. Enjoy this one, but don't go too far out of your way for the sequel, Funny Lady. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, virtually everything that FUNNY GIRL has working for it would be worthless without Barbra Streisand's absolutely phenomenal performance. I honestly cannot think of enough good descriptive adjectives to do justice to her amazing performance in this film. She handles drama, comedy, music numbers, and tearjerking sentiment with equal aplomb, and she does it all better than any actress before or since. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had no choice but to honor her with the Oscar for Best Actress (in an extremely rare tie with academy favorite Katherine Hepburn; only the second tie in Oscar history to date), it is a performance that is nothing less than perfect.
About the DVD: Columbia-Tristar has done an excellent job in bringing FUNNY GIRL to DVD. The restoration of the original source elements may have taken nearly three years to complete, but it was time well spent - the picture quality is gorgeous! Sure, there are a few nicks on the print, but the color, sharpness, and virtually everything else is nearly flawless.Read more ›
I think Babs was born to play Fanny Brice. What a wonderful and
beautiful portrayal of a young woman struggling to try to "fit"
onstage and then "makes it big" Of course Barbra's singing is
just too perfect and her acting is amazing. I think it is her
best movie. Her comedic timing in this movie is so natural that
she should have done standup. Her comedy movies of the 70's
definately showcase her comedic gifts. One sad note, of course,
is Barbra's character "Fanny" just loves Nicky Awnstein too much.
He knows he isn't good for her and lets her go. He really broke
her heart. So, if you want a movie with vintage style from the 20's, Fabulous Singing, Dancing, Wonderful Costumes, and a great
story, then please watch this movie. It is #1 on my list.
One of the most popular movie musicals ever made is now better than ever on Blu-ray! ‘FUNNY GIRL’ follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice, a role that earned Barbra Streisand the 1968 Oscar® for Best Actress. Only her mother believes Fanny can make it in show business, but when she gets her first break at Keeney's Music Hall, her hilarious debut gets her hired as a comedienne. Fanny Brice becomes a star, falls in love and marries Nick Arnstein [Omar Sharif], a handsome gambler. The film's many memorable songs include "Don't Rain on My Parade" and the other Barbra Streisand classic "People." "I'm the greatest star there is by far, but no one knows it." Barbra Streisand is `Funny Girl.'
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations. Win: OSCAR® for Barbra Streisand for Best Actress. Nominated: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Kay Medford. Nominated: Best Cinematography for Harry Stradling Sr. Nominated: Best Film Editing for William Sands and Maury Winetrobe. Nominated: Walter Scharf for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. Nominated: Jule Styne (Music) and Bob Merrill (Lyrics) for Best Original Song and Best Sound. Win: Golden Globe® Awards for Barbra Streisand for Best Actress for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Nominated: William Wyler, and Jule Styne and Bob Merrill for the Title song. Nominated: BAFTA Award for Barbra Streisand for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Nominated: Harry Stradling Sr. for Best Cinematography. Nominated: Irene Sharaff for Best Costume Design. Win: Writers Guild of America Award for Isobel Lennart for Best Written American Musical.Read more ›
Columbia Tristar has done an outstanding job in remastering this movie for DVD. Colors are rich, vibrant and bold. Shadow delineation is incredible and contrast levels are as they should be. Edge enhancement is practically non-existant while shimmering and aliasing simply don't appear on this disc at any time. This is a fantastic example of just how good an older movie can look on DVD if the proper amount of time and effort is taken to do the job properly. The soundtrack is remastered in 5.1 and positively explodes across all the channels, particularly during the musical sequences. Just listening to Bab's do "Don't Rain On My Parade" or "My Man" will give one goose bumps. Bar none, an incredibly solid remastering effort of a vintage soundtrack. No extras but with quality like this it's hard to squawk. A very fine effort and a definite must have!
Most recent customer reviews
The sensational film debut that cemented Streisand in the international fermament. Great score with People and Don't Rain On My Parade. William Wyler at his meticulous best.Published 20 days ago by Rob P.
Definitely my favorite musical! Barbra Streisand is such an amazing actress and singer!Published 2 months ago by Eric
Great musical - if you play it on your North American DVD player - YOU CAN NOT. Imported from Italy with package in Italian. For European players. Why would Amazon. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eugene Donefer
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