As part of the series Barbra Streisand and Paul Newman: Two Jewish Stars in Hollywood, Centro Sefarad-Israel is screening this evening at 6 p.m. the award-winning film Yentl, starring, directed and written by Barbra Streisand in 1983.
In an Eastern European village in the early 20th century, young Jewish girl Yentl Mendel (Barbra Streisand), the daughter of a widowed rabbi who teaches the Talmud to the local youth, passes herself off as a boy in order to study at a school reserved for men. But problems arise when she falls in love with another student, Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), who doesn’t know she is a woman.
Barbra Streisand reached the pinnacle of her career with Yentl, the first film in history to be directed, written, produced and starred in by a woman. It is therefore one of the films chosen for this cycle. Among her many other achievements, Streisand also became the first filmmaker to win the Golden Globe for Best Director, and Steven Spielberg praised her as “the best debut in the history of cinema after Citizen Kane”. Free admission, prior confirmation at this link.
In this cycle entitled Barbra Streisand and Paul Newman: Two Jewish Stars in Hollywood, the following films will be shown: Rachel, Rachel (27 April), Hello Dolly (18 May), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (22 June) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (13 July).