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MOVIE REVIEW | Funny Girl (1968)

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“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…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

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“With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable.”

No one does epic like David Lean. Sure, there are movies like Gone With the Wind and Ben-Hur, but they come with a certain amount of melodrama that always makes them movie characters and movie situations. There’s nothing real about them. But Lean can take the most melodramatic of stories, drop it in the most removed from reality period setting of elaborate costumes, and still make his world real and believable. And while movies like Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India and Great Expectations are epics in their own right, they all look like low budget indies next to Lawrence of Arabia.

It’s the First World War, and English troops stationed in Egypt are helping the local Arabian tribes fight the invading, colonising Turks. TE Lawrence (Peter O’Toole), a plucky young Lieutenant, known for his cockiness, ego and speaking back to superiors, is chosen to rendezvous with Prince Faisel (Alec Guinness), the closest thing to a unified leader that the disparate tribes follow. (more…)