For us, Barbra Streisand is right up there with Natalie Portman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Golda Meir, Gal Gadot, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. You know, the greats. Even at 75, Streisand is just as glorious and singular as ever. Chart-topping, too. Which means the time is right to partake in a Streisand film marathon. I suppose one could do this at anytime, day or night. Or you could travel to Greenwich Village here in New York City on June 30 to catch a week-long marathon of nearly all of her films at Quad Cinema.
Called “Simply Streisand,” the Streisand titles, according to press materials, include All Night Long (1981), For Pete’s Sake (1974), Funny Girl (1968), Funny Lady (1975), Hello, Dolly! (1969), The Main Event (1979), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Nuts (1987), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), The Prince of Tides (1991), A Star Is Born (1976), Up the Sandbox (1972), The Way We Were (1973), What’s Up, Doc? (1972), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970), and Yentl (1983), which is showing on July 4 (skip the BBQ, skip the BBQ!). It’s basically every movie she made in the ’60s/’70s/’80s/’90s; there’s no Meet the Fockers or Guilt Trip. Fine by us.
And since we’re here, read up on Yentl, a film, writes Tablet columnist Rokhl Kafrissen, about “a woman unashamed to place her own voice, her own age-inappropriate face, [and] her own unapologetic subjectivity at the center of a movie.” Streisand herself has talked about the significance of the movie. In a letter in support of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, she described how “man after man” told her she couldn’t direct and produce a film.
So… See you on June 30? I’ll bring the popcorn.