Directed By: Barbara Streisand
Starring: Barbara Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving
“Nothing mattered to me except getting this movie made.” – Barbara Streisand
As much as musicals put women at the forefront, it’s rare to see one directed by a woman, but Barbra Streisand’s Yentl is a key exception. Directed, co-written and co-produced by its lead star, Yentl also earned Streisand the honour of becoming the first – and so far only – woman to receive a Golden Globe for directing.
Based on Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s play of the same name Yentl sees Streisand portraying a young woman in Poland in 1904. Desperate to receive an education in Talmudic Law she decides to dress and live like a man and enters a religious school, falling for a fellow student (Mandy Patinkin) along the way.