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Funny Girl (1968)

aka Funny Girl

"People who see FUNNY GIRL are the luckiest people in the world!"

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Details: 149 mins · English · G (USA)

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In two minds about it

Funny girl is great, it is, it has some of the best songs, and quotes, and Barbara Streisand is just stunning in it, but--I think I expected something a bit more from it. On the one hand, I love the fact that it's a story about a girl who doesn't think she's beautiful marrying a handsome and rich man, and then becoming even richer herself. But I think I'd gone into this film expecting it to be about her rise to being a star, and there was no struggle there really. She becomes rich and famous really easily, which I guess is a testament to her talents, but she constantly chooses her love over her career, and it was this prioritization that I think I took problem with. In the end, HE has to leave HER because she won't admit that he's bad for her. And in the meantime, there's been no dip in her career, she can pick up where she left off with no trouble? She starts off so strong but I think she ends a little weak and I don't think I like that. But like I said, I can never make my mind up if ...(more)

Funny girl is great, it is, it has some of the best songs, and quotes, and Barbara Streisand is just stunning in it, but--I think I expected something a bit more from it. On the one hand, I love the fact that it's a story about a girl who doesn't think she's beautiful marrying a handsome and rich man, and then becoming even richer herself. But I think I'd gone into this film expecting it to be about her rise to being a star, and there was no struggle there really. She becomes rich and famous really easily, which I guess is a testament to her talents, but she constantly chooses her love over her career, and it was this prioritization that I think I took problem with. In the end, HE has to leave HER because she won't admit that he's bad for her. And in the meantime, there's been no dip in her career, she can pick up where she left off with no trouble? She starts off so strong but I think she ends a little weak and I don't think I like that. But like I said, I can never make my mind up if it's a good plot or a bad one. (less)

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"People who see FUNNY GIRL are the luckiest people in the world!"

Plot:

Set in and around New York City just prior to and following World War I, the story opens with Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice awaiting the return of husband Nicky Arnstein from prison, and then moves into an extended flashback focusing on their meeting and marriage.

Fanny is first seen as a stage-struck teenager who gets her first job in vaudeville and meets the suave Arnstein following her debut performance. They continue to meet occasionally over the years, becoming more romantically involved as Fanny's career flourishes and she becomes a star. Arnstein eventually seduces Fanny, who decides to abandon the Follies in favor of Nicky.

After winning a fortune playing poker, Nicky agrees to marry Fanny. They move into an expensive house and have a daughter, and Fanny eventually returns to Ziegfeld and the Follies. Meanwhile, Nicky's various business ventures fail, forcing them to move into an apartment. Refusing financial support from his wife, he becomes involved in a bonds scam and is imprisoned for embezzlement for eighteen months.

Following Nick's release from prison, he and Fanny briefly reunite long enough to agree to separate.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1968-09-19 : United States of America

DVD : 2001-10-23

DVD : 2001-11-21