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Simply Streisand Celebrates Barbra at the Miami Beach Cinematheque

Omar Sharif and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.EXPAND
Omar Sharif and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.
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To quote the great Barbra Streisand: "I'm gonna live and live now! Get what I want, I know how!" If all you've ever wanted is a Streisand retrospective in Miami, guess what? You're gonna live now.

The Miami Jewish Film Festival and Miami Beach Cinematheque are bringing back the series Masters of Jewish Cinema with a bang this year by celebrating Streisand the whole month. The retrospective, titled Simply Streisand, will provide a glimpse into the film career of the immensely talented artist. Every Wednesday from November 1 through the 22, one of Streisand's films will be screened in a newly restored digital presentation. A guest speaker will introduce and contextualize each film.

“We could not be more excited to honor the career of Barbra Streisand, a true legend of song, stage, and screen, as part of our fifth-annual Masters of Jewish Cinema series,” festival director Igor Shteyrenberg says. “It’s been 75 years of simply Streisand, and in all of the world so far, she’s still the brightest star."

Barbra Streisand in What's Up Doc?EXPAND
Barbra Streisand in What's Up Doc?
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The series opens with Streisand's Academy Award-winning debut film performance in William Wyler's Funny Girl, adapted from the musical of the same name that also starred the actress. The essential musical will be introduced by the editor of Miami Art Zine, Michelle Solomon, November 1 at 6:45 p.m. What's Up Doc?, Peter Bogdanovich's delightful screwball comedy starring Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, will show the following week, November 8, at 7 p.m. (This writer will introduce the film.)

Gene Kelly's adaptation of the hit musical Hello Dolly! will screen November 15 at 6:45 p.m. In attendance to introduce the film will be Broadway producer and director Richard Jay-Alexander, who recently codirected Streisand's recent tour, the Music, the Mem'ries, the Magic. The final film of the series is one Streisand directed, co-wrote, coproduced, and starred in: Yentl. Daniel Blair, better known as DJ Hottpants, will introduce the gender-bending musical, which will screen November 22 at 7 p.m.

“Not only is Barbra Streisand one of the best vocalists of our time; she was a driving force in filmmaking at a time when few women were," Miami Beach Cinematheque director Dana Keith says. "She produced, conceptualized, wrote, staged, composed, directed, and starred in several of her films, against the odds of the Hollywood system. It's a good time to take another look at her body of work and her multifaceted talents.”

Simply Streisand. November 1 through 22 at Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; mbcinema.com. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors and students, and $7 for members via miamijewishfilmfestival.org.

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