Funny Girl

Funny Girl

DVD - 2001
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A musical film that follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, [2001]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
ISBN: 9780767824934
0767824938
Branch Call Number: DVD FUNNY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (155 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Aka_Aka_Aka Jan 09, 2017

Funny? You think!?

There's a scene early on in this movie where a telegram arrives for Fanny from Florenz Zeigfield, requesting that she come in for an audition. The whole stinkin' neighbourhood is practically in Fanny's mother's saloon when this telegram is read by Fanny.

When Fanny finishes reading the thing her high'n'mighty mother sneers and barks out loud enough for the whole place to hear,"What kind of a mother would name her son Florenz!?" (referring to Zeigfield)

Hello!?.... Who the hell does this old bag think she is criticizing anybody's mother for what they choose to name their brat.... I mean, what kind of a mother would name their daughter Fanny!?

Isn't Fanny another name for the buttocks, the butt, the bum, the ass!?... Can you imagine how much teasing a child in New York would have to endure at school with a stupid name like 'Fanny'!? The jokes would never end.

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Derringer
Aug 31, 2016

As you can well-imagine - Funny Girl (an extravagant 2.5-hour musical showpiece) takes frequent liberties with the actual events that took place in Fanny Brice's often turbulent life.

This 1968 film makes no mention of Brice's first husband and it suggests that Nicky Arnstein turned to crime because his pride would not allow him to live off Fanny and that he was wanted by the police for selling phony bonds.

In reality, however, Arnstein sponged off Brice even before their marriage and was eventually named as a member of a gang that stole $5 million worth of Wall Street securities.

Instead of turning himself in, as in the movie, Arnstein went into hiding. When he finally surrendered, he did not plead guilty as he did in the movie, but fought the charges for four years, taking a toll on his wife's finances.

As far as actress, Barbra Streisand playing the part of Fanny Brice goes - I didn't much like her portrayal - But I did like her singing in such musical numbers as - I'd Rather Be Blue Over You, People, and My Man.

(*Be sure to watch music video-clip*)

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finn75
Jun 07, 2016

Simply charming!

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ThomasJWhiting
Oct 19, 2015

Enjoyable production and I enjoyed pretty much everything -- but the flat ending -- oh, and some of Barbra's lip syncing near the end was kind of off.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Apr 03, 2015

With the exception of Streisand's delivery of two songs (People & My Man), I think the rest of this movie, including Streisand's character, was utterly intolerable.

This movie didn't even come close to being an accurate account of Fanny Brice's life. Brice never had the vocal talents of Streisand. Brice was actually a really gifted comedienne. Streisand was not. Streisand was so painfully bad as a comedienne that it made me wince and cringe whenever she cracked another 'funny'.

About the only thing that I found 'funny' (actually hysterical is more like it) in this movie was Streisand's wigs. She never wore the same wig twice and each time she donned a new one it seemed like her head was getting longer and longer until by about two-thirds of way thru' this musical mess she started to remind me of Ridley Scott's "Alien" whenever she turned sideways in profile. I wonder if her inflated head was any indication of how inflated her ego was getting as film production continued. Could be.

My trashing of this movie would never be totally complete without a word, or two, about Omar Sharif and I'm sorry to say but words like 'Gorgeous!' (as Streisand referred to him in the movie) ain't the kind of words that come to mind. 'Blech!' is more like it.

Sharif really gave me the creeps, big time. I hated-I hated-I hated his big, droopy eyes. They always looked so watery and yucky. Apparently women in the 70's drooled like fiends over Omar and his watery eyes and they happily slept all night long with his picture tucked safely under their pillows. He was a big box-office draw back then, but his career was short-lived. Thank goodness for that.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Barbra Streisand’s award-winning musical vehicle chronicles the life of performer Fanny Brice, a plain Jewish girl from New York’s Lower East Side who rose to be the toast of Broadway thanks to her fearless determination and an uncanny talent to make people smile. Her personal life, on the other hand, was less than stellar with a string of failed marriages and a particularly heartbreaking love affair with a charming gambler, here played by a very dapper if somewhat tone deaf Omar Sharif. The period touches sparkle, as do Streisand’s interminable gowns, but one soon gets the impression that all that choreographed drama and comedy schtick is mere padding between Babs’ showstoppers. Apparently she was not very funny to work with either.

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garycornell
Sep 19, 2014

Director William Wyler will be best known as the director of Ben Hur, but for me his biggest hit was "Funny Girl". It stars Barbara Streisand and Omar Sharif in the musical adaptation of the life of Fanny Brice. Now in the 1920' and 1930's she was a singer, stage and film actress, and had her own radio show called "Baby Snooks". Few actresses had the talent of a Fanny Brice, but Barbara Streisand had all of it and more. The movie was a big hit and so was the soundtrack. The song "Second Hand Rose" from the movie became a big hit. This 1989 movie came much after the passing of the real Fanny Brice, but it is a loving tribute to a great talent!
P.S. KCLS has 5 copies of "Funny Girl" and 40 patrons with a hold on it. That is good evidence to me that many patrons love this movie!
P.S. Thanks "playland" for your review. I hope you won't mind me paraphrasing you when you say the movie a great classic and should be for all ages. I couldn't agree more!

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catclark87
May 31, 2013

I wanted to see this movie because it's supposedly Barbara Streisand's best performance. It was good, for a movie from the 60s. I enjoyed seeing the fashions more than paying attention to the plot line. The plot line moved slowly at the beginning, then sped up to cover large spans of time at the end, and I couldn't really enjoy the love story between Fanny and Nick. I liked the song in the middle about "Raining on My Parade". I wish it would have a better ending, one that fits the story that's built up.

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THELUCYSHOW
Mar 21, 2013

this is such a gerate classic and i think it should be for all ages

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

A musical film that follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice
Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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