“You think beautiful girls are going to stay in style forever? I should say not! Any minute now they’re going to be out! Finished! Then it’ll be my turn!”
When I was growing up, Barbra Streisand was already an old lady, made fun of by the young, cool comedians and TV shows. She was purely for middle aged and older house wives. In the three decades that I’ve known who she was, my own view of Streisand has never really altered to much from that. I guess, for a long time now, I’ve known she made legitimately good movies that established her as a star in the first place, I’d just never seen any. Until today. Because today, I watched Funny Girl.
Fanny Brice (Streisand) strolls into the theatre where she is the star attraction of the Ziegfield Follies. It’s obvious that she’s troubled and haunted by something, so it’s time to flash back. Flash back to when Fanny was the ugly duckling wanting to break into the showbiz world of swans. Fully aware of her physical shortcomings, Fanny knows exactly who she is. She’s not a beauty, she’s a talent. Funny, original, confident and like none of the other chorus girls in pre World War I New York, Fanny charms her way onto the stage, where she finds increasing success and stardom, and the love of her life, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). (more…)