Barbra Streisand's directorial debut, Yentl, is a musical adaptation of a story by the beloved Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. Yentl (Streisand) is a young woman who wants nothing more than to study religious scripture. She is denied that possibility because she is a woman. She moves, passes herself off as a male named Anshel, and then begins her studies. She becomes close to fellow student Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), eventually falling in love with him, although she can not reveal her true self as she would then be expelled. Avigdor is in love with Hadass (Amy Irving), but religious law forbids him from marrying her. Avigdor attempts to fix Anshel up with Hadass, leading to Hadass falling in love with Anshel. Yentl received four Academy Award nominations, including two Best Song nods. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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This is a great movie. The story is interesting. The acting is wonderful. The music is great.
I have seen this movie several times. I fell in love with Mandy Patinkin in this movie. Barbara is amazing as usual.
It was so good that I forgot about the actors and really cared about the characters.
In my opinion one of Streisand's finest efforts. Not only does the love story unfold at the perfect pace, the uniqueness of the story between Avigdor (Patinkin), Hadass (Irving) and Anschel/Yentl (Streisand) is very interesting to watch. The attention to detail is not surprising given Barbra's penchant for perfection. It's put to perfect use here in everything from selection of cinematography - which is gorgeous - to the china used on the tables. The music also speaks for itself as each song assists in telling the story and not just reiterating what you've seen. A fantastic film often underrated but very much worth the watching. Highly recommended.