We ended up renting Funny Lady. That was fine with me, I like Barbra Streisand and don't believe I've seen the film in years. (Funny Girl I catch about every two or three years. But the sequel isn't one I pick up very often.) It was fine with my husband -- who's not crazy about musicals -- due to the fact that it had Barbra and James Caan.
We actually saw Funny Lady at the movies. I don't know what we were planning to see but it was one of those times when we had a babysitter (probably my parents) and a few bucks to blow so we went to the movies. Now, for the young people, back then we thought we were so lucky because the movie theater we went to had four or five screens. That was such a big deal!!!! Now days you have multiplexes with 16 screens. But back then four or five was a big deal. We probably didn't even have a plan on what to see and went there and went by whatever still had tickets that we could stand. (And we both like Barbra so that would have pushed it past other films.) Then I think the other time I saw it was on ABC when they showed it back in the late seventies or early eighties. That's it.
So it was pretty much a new film for both of us. It's the sequel to Funny Girl and details Fanny Brice's relationship with Billy Rose (who wrote such songs as "More Than You Know" and "It's Only A Paper Moon"). James Caan plays Billy Rose. A lot's made of Robert Redford being the perfect co-star for Barbra and I love The Way We Were but I love it for Katie (Barbra's character) and I find Hubbel to be a complete jerk. I do think Caan and Streisand have chemistry onscreen. (And I think she had chemistry with Jeff Bridges in The Mirror Has Two Faces as well.)
So that worked very well. It was also funnier than I remember it being when we first saw it. I thought Barbra's clothes and hair were just right. But the whole movie worked for me and that may be, in part, because it was a 'new' Barbra film. Since I hadn't seen it in so long, it was like we were seeing a new, just released Barbra film. And what that did was remind me of just how much I miss Barbra films.
Of the non-musicals, I think my favorite is Up The Sandbox, even more than What's Up Doc? And What's Up Doc? is a classic. I also really love Nuts more and more with each year. That's a movie (and a performance) that just grows on you with each viewing. You really appreciate it and detect new layers.
And for musical fans, I think the "Million Dollar Baby" sequence is the one from the film that should be used in those look backs at movie musicals. She dances along a 'cigarette' sticking out of a large face and the face malfunctions. It's funny and highly visual.
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