Funny Lady (Bilingual)
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Barbra Streisand is back and she'll never forget!
When Barbra Streisand played Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, she brought to life a sympathetic yet strong-headed performer of stage and radio. In the sequel, Funny Lady, Brice comes off as a harsher woman, slightly bitchy, without the tremendous charm she possessed in the first film. Herbert Ross takes over as director (William Wyler oversaw Funny Girl), and the film just seems to get away from him. This sequel picks up during the Great Depression, when even the great star Fanny Brice is suffering. Along comes Billy Rose (James Caan), a small-time hustler who's out to make it big in show biz. The two pair up, both professionally and romantically, although things are uncertain when her first husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), reappears on the scene. Much to the movie's detriment, Funny Lady concentrates more on Brice's professional life than on her personal life, as the first film does. The songs are elaborately staged numbers that Brice performs in the theaters, and while they are visually lush and spectacular, they lack conviction. Caan is solid in his role as the bumbling producer, but overall, the film is a disappointment. If you want more Barbra and Brice, rewatch Funny Girl. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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She is bitchy because she has been bruised. Notice upon another rewatching of "Funny Girl" how Fanny slowly but surely learns to cover up her pain and anguish through her constant performativity. Whatever innocence was left in her is gone after Nick walked out the door. "Funny Lady" is a worthy sequel because, psychologically, it starts where the last movie leaves off. Fanny must learn to love again. The reason you don't see "sweet Barbra" until the train sequence is because the movie is ABOUT the re-emergence of the sincere woman.
Pay attention to the kinds of lines the writers of both "Funny Girl" and "Funny Lady" give to Fanny Brice. This is the same woman. Only older. Wiser. More bruised. And to those of you who call the movie "cliché," I wonder if you missed the ending.
Is the movie overproduced? Yes. Is it poorly written? No. I would argue that this movie very nearly merits its original in quality, but because it very sincerely tackles the problems of maturity, the problem of Life After Love, its themes may be too complex for those looking only for another tragic love story.
As someone who knows the power of First Love, I found this movie honest and moving, worthy in nearly every way to its prequel, and though there's not enough room in this space to defend it fully, I count myself among those prepared to do so.
The DVD gets four stars because there are no special features.
Although this by no means is as good as the original (and what could?), on it's own terms it's not half-bad as a wonderful musical.
The story picks up in the middle of the Depression. Ziegfeld has lost all his money and the "Follies" are washed-up. Fanny finds herself broke and unemployed, until brash showman Billy Rose (James Caan) helps her and puts her back on top. But not before staging the disastrous musical "Crazy Quilt", a horrible hotch-potch of numbers with waaaay too much scenery and too little substance. Fanny helps him to trim the show, and soon it is the toast of Broadway.
Barbra is luminous, singing some great Kander-Ebb songs like "How Lucky Can You Get?", the ballad "Isn't It Better?", and the show-stopping "Let's Hear It For Me", which is reminiscent of "Don't Rain On My Parade".
It truly is fantastic as a follow-on from FUNNY GIRL, and features Omar Sharif (reprising his Nick Arnstein), Roddy McDowall and Ben Vereen.
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This is a fabulous movie. I still think "Funny Girl" is better, but I adore this film. One of Ms. Streisand's best! "FIVE STARS! Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by T. S. Sterrett
The 1968 film version of FUNNY GIRL was an absolute masterpiece, and as perfect as a musical-comedy film can be. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Det. Abilene
This is a disjointed, embarrassing, histrionic hodge-podge of a movie that never comes anywhere near to capturing the magnificent La Streisand's glory days of 'Hello, Dolly! Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Review Lover
This movie, standing alone, is average. Barbra seems seriously bored, and there is absolutely no chemistry between them. But, it is well done, with the sets, and somewhat the plot. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by Amir Haidar
I hadn't seen this movie since its release nearly 30 years ago, and I thought I might actually enjoy it more now on DVD than I did then. Wrong. Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by Blu-ray Bill
I actually saw this movie before I saw Funny Girl, so I must say that, standing alone, it's a pretty good movie. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2002 by S. Thompson
James Caan and Barbara Streisand are awesome together
I accidentally watched this movie thinking it was Funny Girl, and had I watched it without seeing Funny Girl I may not... Read more
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