is a 1983 American film from
, and directed,
co-written, co-produced and starring Barbra Streisand
based on a play
by Leah Napolin
Isaac Bashevis Singer
based on Singer's short story
Yeshiva Boy". The dramatic story incorporates humor and
music to relate the odyssey of a Jewish girl
in Poland who decides
to dress and live like a man so she can receive an education in
Jewish Talmudic Law after her father dies.
musical score and songs, composed by Michel Legrand
, is memorable for the songs
"Papa, Can You Hear Me?
"The Way He Makes Me Feel
both sung by Streisand.
Streisand portrays Yentl Mendel, a girl living in an Ashkenazi
Jewish community in Poland.
film is set in an era during which women are forbidden to receive
an education in Jewish Talmudic
despite this, Yentl is instructed in the teachings by her Rabbi
father, Rebbe Mendel (Nehemiah
After the death of her father, Yentl decides to dress like a man,
take the name Anshel, and enter a Jewish legal school, or yeshiva
. Upon entering the yeshiva, Yentl makes
friends with a fellow student, Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin
), and meets his fiancee Hadass
). The story is complicated as
Hadass' family cancels her wedding to Avigdor due to fears that his
family is tainted with insanity, and decides that she should marry
Anshel instead. Meanwhile, Hadass develops romantic feelings for
Yentl (as Anshel), while Yentl herself is falling in love with
Avigdor. After much turmoil, Avigdor and Hadass are reunited, while
Yentl leaves Europe
to go to America, where
she can lead a free life.
Released on LP in November 1983 and CD on October 25, 1990.
Produced by Barbra Streisand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
Arranged and conducted by Michel Legrand. Music by Michel Legrand.
Lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
- Where Is It Written? [4:52]
- Papa, Can You Hear Me? [3.29]
- This Is One Of Those Moments [4:07]
- No Wonder [2:30]
- The Way He Makes Me Feel [3:44]
- No Wonder (Part Two) [3:19]
- Tomorrow Night [4:43]
- Will Someone Ever Look At Me That Way? [3:03]
- No Matter What Happens [4:03]
- No Wonder (Reprise) [1:05]
- A Piece Of Sky [4:19]
- The Way He Makes Me Feel (Studio Version) [4:09]
- No Matter What Happens (Studio Version) [3:18]
Two-Disc Director's Cut DVD
was released on home Video in August 1984 on CBS/FOX
home video. It was released on DVD by MGM Entertainment on February
3, 2009 as a two-disc "Director's Cut" in the widescreen format. A
blu-ray edition has yet to be announced.
Disc 1: Theatrical Cut - Director's Extended Cut with added scenes
from Barbra's Archives - An Introduction by Barbra Streisand -
Commentary with Barbra Streisand and Rusty Lemorande - Deleted
Disc 2: Special Features - An Introduction by Barbra Streisand -
The Director's Reel - The Rehearsal Process - An Introduction by
Barbra Streisand: “Where is it Written?“ - Original Rehearsal
Concept: “Where is it Written?“ - Rehearsal/Feature Comparison: “No
Wonder - Reprise“ - Pre-Rehearsal/Feature Comparison: “Tomorrow
Night“ - Pre-Rehearsal Concept: “Tomorrow Night“ -
Pre-Rehearsal/Feature Comparison: “Will Someone Ever Look at Me
That Way?“ - Rehearsal/Feature Comparison: “The Moon and I“ -
Deleted Song Storyboard Sequence: “Several Sins a Day“ - Barbra's
8mm Concept Film - My Wonderful Cast and Crew - Production Stills
Gallery - Portraits Stills Gallery - Behind the Scenes Stills
Gallery - The Recording Studio Stills Gallery
won an Academy Award
1984 for Best Original Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation
Score, the award going to Michel
(music), Alan Bergman
(lyrics), and Marilyn Bergman
(lyrics). Amy Irving
was nominated for an
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and the film
was also nominated for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Roy Walker
, Leslie Tomkins
Barbra Streisand received a Golden
for Best Director for the film, and Yentl
nominated for four other Golden Globes.
Amy Irving was also nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award
for Worst Supporting
, making her one of two actors to be nominated for an
Oscar and a Razzie for the same performance (James Coco
being the other for Only When I Laugh
). The film also
earned Razzie nominations for Barbra Streisand as Worst Actor
(due to Yentl
appearing as a man throughout the film) and for Worst Musical
was shot on location in Prague, New York City, and Liverpool.