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#72 | Yentl: Master of Disguise

By Harry Chappell & John Lucas

She sings! She acts! She directs! Barbra Streisand is perhaps the ultimate triple-threat pop icon, and she makes her Beyond The Box Set debut this week as we pitch sequel ideas for her 1983 passion project Yentl… The story of a plucky young(?) Jewish girl whose insatiable passion for learning drives her to disguise herself as a man, Yentl was a movie over two decades in the making for Streisand. In addition to directing and starring in the movie, she also produced it and co-wrote the screenplay. Her dedication was rewarded when the movie was released to strong box office returns and enthusiastic reviews - Steven Spielberg famously described the film as “the greatest directorial debut since Citizen Kane” - although his then-girlfriend Amy Irving played the second female lead, so he might have been slightly biased.  In this week’s episode we discuss Yentl’s surprisingly complex depiction of gender and sexuality, the unexpected se [...]

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