Works by Isaac Bashevis Singer. After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Robert Kalfin , opened on October 23, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre , where it ran for performances. She does not conform to expectations from her surroundings or from her audience, neither remaining merely a woman hiding in men’s clothing nor revealing herself to be neutered or firmly homosexual. When her father dies, she sets off to increase her knowledge, posing as a man in order to gain admission to a Jewish religious school. Anna Tzelniker as Mrs. Retrieved 30 October — via IMDb.

She is initially able to do so meeting and infiltrating a group of scholarly young men who are studying the Talmud under the direction of Reb Alter Vishkower. Production Casting 12m, 8f. The Yeshiva Boy” in , Streisand sought to make it her next film after her completion of Funny Girl. It was hoped that a musical starring Barbra Streisand would be accepted and better received by a studio. Leah Napolin Leah Napolin made her Broadway playwrighting debut in with Yentl, adapted from a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer and since performed widely here and abroad. Box office receipts were also healthy, both domestically and internationally, and the film was ranked 19th in the year’s moneymakers.

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Yentl the Yeshiva Boy

For the original play, see Yentl. Yentl blurs lines between yyentl and female and its characters develop attractions that could be seen as homosexual, although the film upholds a heterosexual sensibility.

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This idea symbolizes a refusal to conform to old-world Jewish standards and instead move “against the authority and authenticity of the Judaic past,” which Streisand asserts has “propelled itself so far from the austerity of Talmudic study. Retrieved from ” http: Yentl decides to marry Hadass herself, as an act of revenge against the wrong done to Avgidor and to bring herself closer to Avgidor by association. Favorite Plain Jane Heroines.


Additional Info A rabbi’s pla in 19th century Poland has studied the Torah and refuses to play the hausfrau role traditionally allotted to Jewish women. Allan Corduner as Shimmele.

Jack Lynn as Bookseller. In this way, it can be read as a heterosexual yet potentially feminist text. View All Critic Reviews Peter Whitman as Student.

Anthony Dean Rubes as Village Student. Romantic folk tale retold with music and classic Streisand. Christian C Super Reviewer. Bernard Spear as Tailor. Evan LinderAndrew Hobgood. It was originally published in Yiddish in Already have an account?

It is a marriage that never gets consummated – apart from the more obvious reasons, because Haddas still wants Avigdor though she eventually falls in love with Yentl, too. Teddy Kempner as Student.

This cultural gender asymmetry that Yentl endures has been referenced in the medical community with the coining of the phrase Yentl Syndrome. Her difficult experiences expand, rather than trap her personality. The film was to be co-produced by Barbra’s friends and associates: We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email.

Their lives instead were characterized by an “individualism and experimentalism” that “Jewish immigrants and their descendants have so strikingly honored, reinforced, and revised. While David Watkin’s photography is evocatively poetic, the film’s pacing is overly reverential.

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Ruth Goring as Esther Rachel. Meanwhile, Hadass develops romantic feelings for Yentl as Anshelwhile Yentl herself is falling in love with Avigdor. Just click the “Edit page” button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Synopsis submission guide.


What was typically the male role has been blurred and practically obliterated as well as captures the essence of the Jewish woman’s eternal struggle.

Views Read Edit View history. She learns that Avgidor’s brother took his own life and that is the reason why Hadass declined to marry him. Pleasant although often unmemorable songs. Yet, looking at the other side of a coin, this story of a woman who yearns to study, who lives in a culture that says study is only for men then disguises herself as a man in order to get that education is a story of a strong woman who breaks the gender roles of her time, and a tangled love story.

Mary Henry as Mrs. To prepare for the film, Streisand exhaustively researched the many aspects of Judaism, ceremonies, relentless studying of the Torah, and consulted numerous rabbis, [24] one being Rabbi Lapin, whom Streisand appointed as the main religious consultant for the film. The dramatic story incorporates humor and music to relate the story of an Ashkenazi Jewish girl in Poland who decides to dress and live like a man so that she can receive an education in Talmudic Law after her father dies.

Traveling to Prague with a Super-8 camera and song lyrics, Streisand scouted out film locations while also shooting film of herself walking through the city in costume with early recordings of Yentl’ s soundtrack being played in the background.

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