The setting is Eastern Europe, circa 1904. Yentl (Barbra Streisand), a smart, spirited woman, is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to pursue her love of knowledge...and discovers yet another kind of love. Mandy Patinkin gives a sensitive and forceful performance as Avigdor, Yentl's fellow student and best friend. And Amy Irving was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the demure and breathtakingly beautiful Hadass. Streisand's passion for the project shows in every frame - highlighted by the lush, Oscar-nominated art direction, stunning cinematography, and her shimmering performance of the Academy Award-winning song score.
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Interactive Menu Screens
English Hard of Hearing
Audio commentary with Barbra Streisand and co-producer Rusty Lemorande
Two introductions by Barbra Streisand (5 mins)
Deleted Scenes (17 mins)
The Director's Reel (7 mins): Barbra Streisand demonstrates her approach as both an actor and director
The Rehearsal Process (29 mins): during pre-production Streisand enlisted the help of family, friends and colleagues to act out key scenes. These clips were then used as valuable points of reference when it came to filming in Europe
Deleted Songs and Storyboard Sequences (7 mins): two songs that were cut from the final film, presented here with their storyboards
Barbra's 8mm Concept Film (9 mins): footage assembled by Ms. Streisand to help crystalise her vision for 'Yentl' and help find finance for its production
My Wonderful Cast and Crew (7 mins): a montage of behind-the-scenes footage of the production team
This disc includes the following: - Theatrical Version and Director's Extended Edition
Uplifting Musical for its time, whilst tackling issues of discrimination and gender!
- Yentl review by CS
I never saw this film when it first came out, because being a vehicle for Streisand, it came across as the usual yawn some and false tale of how hard done by Jews are in society. But when I did finally get around to watching it, I was pleasantly surprised that it's not what I thought it was going to be at all! Rather surprisingly, this is actually a story of sexual discrimination within Jewish Society and how women are treated by so called intellectual males! The basic storyline being that of a woman who is forced to disguise herself and pretend to be a man, so that she can go to college and further her education, in a society where women are prohibited from engaging in such pursuits as the thirst for knowledge. Enter an amusing and interesting love triangle, because she is believed to be a man, she falls for her male friend, who wrongly thinks she could be gay and the women he is pursuing falls for her believing she is a man! The film, set at the turn of the century, is quite sensitive in it's arrangement and delivery, very much a musical but with a very strong dramatic delivery that would work well on the stage. A very strong performance is given by most of the cast and the photography is excellent for the time. This has some quite upbeat moments, but also some lows and in the end is quite a sad tale about how women were treated in that particular society at that period in time and possibly still are today!