Directed by William Wyler
Running time: 151 mins
Funny Girl is a 1968 romantic musical directed by William Wyler, starring Omar Sharif and Barbara Streisand in her first screen role. The film was adapted from the successful Broadway musical in which Streisand also performed, and follows the life and career of legendary comedienne Fanny Brice (1891-1951), charting her rise from Jewish slums of the Lower East Side to fame and fortune as member of the Ziegfeld Follies and then her subsequent marriage to entrepreneur and big time gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Brice is brilliantly played by Streisand as a gawky, fast talking New Yorker, determined to be a great star and who is hired as a dramatic singer by impresario Flo Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon). Brice defies Ziegfeld's orders to play it 'straight' but her gamble pays off making her an overnight star and the toast of Broadway. Set in and around New York City just prior to and following World War I, the entire film is seen as a flashback. Streisand won numerous awards for her remarkable performance, including an Academy Award for Best Actress for the role, where she immortalised the opening line of the film (“Hello, gorgeous”) by repeating it to the Oscar statuette that she received. Funny Girl was produced by Brice's son-in-law Ray Stark and is scored by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne and, apart from kick-staring Streisand's movie career, is heralded as one of the greatest musical movies ever made.
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