Thursday, November 16, 2017
Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm
With film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg
From the moment she burst on the Hollywood scene in Funny Girl almost 50 years ago, there has been no one quite like Barbra Streisand. A winner of two Oscars, Barbra was the first woman in Hollywood history to write, produce, direct and star in a major studio film. Learn about this iconic actress and director and enjoy clips from some of her most memorable movies.
Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)
Superstar Barbra Streisand is one of the most successful personalities in show business history, and a huge part of that was her very successful film career. She has appeared in 19 movies to date, mastering each genre — comedy, drama, musical — in turn, and she became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film.
Almost 50 years ago, in 1968, William Wyler cast her in Funny Girl, a filming of her Broadway success. Streisand was the perfect match to portray legendary Jewish vaudevillian singer and comedian Fanny Brice. Her big showstopper numbers, "People" and "Don't Rain On My Parade", along with her on-screen chemistry with Omar Sharif, resulted in her winning the Oscar for Best Actress, and catapulted her to international fame.
After a series of screen musicals, such as Gene Kelly's Hello, Dolly! (1969), Streisand wanted to try comedies, resulting in such films as The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) and What's Up, Doc? (1972).
She then turned to dramas, including the classic The Way We Were (1973), in which she gave what many consider to be her finest performance.
Learn about Streisand’s legendary film career, and enjoy clips from some of her most memorable movies.
Shlomo Schwartzberg is a Toronto based critic, teacher and programmer. Shlomo was Director of Programming for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival from 1996-2004 and Chair of the Toronto Jewish Film Society from 2008-2011. He has written for a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Jerusalem Report magazine, The South China Post, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and the Canadian Jewish News. He was also the Canadian correspondent for Box Office magazine and Screen International. In January 2010, Shlomo co-founded Critics at Large, a noted online daily publication which covers the cultural arts. Currently, Shlomo lectures on cinema and television at Ryerson University, The Prosserman JCC, as well as at various venues around the city and in cities like London, Ontario. At the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Shlomo gave the popular lecture series “Jewish Film Stars Who Influenced American Cinema”, “Hiding in Plain Sight: Jewish Sensibility in Hollywood Films” (on behalf of Kevin Courrier) and the very popular Valentine’s Day programs “Romance on Film”.