Directed by Barbra Streisand • 1983 • Untied States
Starring Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving
Barbra Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major Hollywood film with this charming, gender-bending musical adaptation of an Isaac Bashevis Singer story. She shines as a young Jewish woman living in a turn-of-the-century Polish shtetl who is forced to masquerade as a man in order to pursue an education—a situation that soon grows complicated when love enters the picture. Costarring fellow show-business legend Mandy Patinkin and featuring an Oscar-winning score by Michel Legrand (including Streisand’s iconic rendition of “Papa, Can You Hear Me?”), YENTL is a sensational showcase for its star’s megawatt talent.