Yentl

Yentl

DVD - 2009
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Yentl Mendel is the boyish daughter and only child of long widowed Rebbe Mendel. He teaches Talmud to local boys and secretly to Yentl since girls are not allowed to learn the law. When her father dies, Yentl is left all alone. She makes the momentous decision to leave the village and, disguised as a boy and calling herself Anshel, she seeks and gets admitted to a Yeshiva, to study. She befriends Avigdor who is engaged to Haddas. Her family calls off the wedding when they discover Avigdor's brother committed suicide. Anshel then finds 'him'-self in the awkward position of being called into service as substitute bridegroom. But Haddas still wants Avigdor. After numerous complications, including Avidor and Yentl falling in love with each other and she telling him her secret, everyone gets what they want in life. Anshel, now Yentl once again, goes off to America to pursue her dream of serious study in Yeshiva, where she will be able to study without needing to hide her identity as a woman.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 07, 2018

VERY GOOD 1983 film directed, co-written, co-produced, and starring talented Barbra Streisand. All the film qualities are high quality, but the plot comes out of the rather unusual Polish Ashkenazi Jewish diaspora culture which maintained some odd traits/rules which made it a bit difficult for me to relate to.

JCLJoyceM Jun 17, 2016

This is a stunningly beautiful story. Funny and poignant as Yentl seeks her way outside her childhood village.

d2013 Mar 30, 2015

A great movie and Barbra Streisand is such a powerhouse.

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pemberely
Oct 30, 2013

Full of power.

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gwelsh
Apr 09, 2013

Movie DVD missing. Only Features DVD included as of 4/8/13

arlene0725 Dec 19, 2012

I think it Barbra's BEST movie ever

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