March 29, 2008

...Funny Girl (1968)

Very rarely do a role and an actor become so entwined in popular culture that it is difficult to discern where one begins and the other ends; Barbra Streisand picked up a richly deserved Oscar statuette for accomplishing just that in Funny Girl. The ugly duckling that makes it against all odds story is universal in appeal, and La Streisand tears the roof off the sucker in musical number after musical number [People, I'm the Greatest Star, and I'd Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Be Happy With Somebody Else) to name a few]. Though the film loses steam towards the end, Streisand, like a juggernaut that takes a locomotive and tugboat to see her man, never does.

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