Oct 20, 2017

Simply Streisand!

The Miami Jewish Film Festival and Miami Beach Cinematheque proudly announce their 5th annual Masters of Jewish Cinema series featuring a “Simply Streisand” retrospective celebrating Barbra Streisand’s most iconic films. From November 1 through 22, four of Streisand’s Academy Award-nominated films will be shown in newly restored digital presentations for one-night-only and hosted by several special guests.

Barbra Streisand’s screen presence was larger-than-life; her breathtaking singing voice and deft comic chops turned a series of musicals and comedies into box-office gold. In honor of her 75th birthday, the Miami Jewish Film Festival and Miami Beach Cinematheque are pleased to honor the big-screen work of the one, the only, Barbra.

The series kicks-off with Barbra Streisand’s debut film performance in Funny Girl (1968), in which she reprised her stunning Broadway role and won her first Academy Award for Best Actress. Other notable films featured in the retrospective include Gene Kelly’s beloved musical, Hello Dolly! (1969), and Peter Bogdanovich’s slapstick comedy What’s Up, Doc? (1972). The series concludes with Streisand’s directorial debut Yentl (1983), the first full-length feature directed, acted, written, and produced by an American woman.

Barbra Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards and France's Légion d'Honneur as well as the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented her with the highest civilian honor the United States bestows, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Celebrate 75 years of Simply Streisand with us through her most beloved onscreen roles!

All films will be presented at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. Tickets are available to buy in advance online or at the theater's box office. MJFF Members are privileged to receive an exclusive discount and must email info@miamijewishfilmfestival.org to acquire it.

Event Location: Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach



In her Oscar-winning screen debut, Barbra Streisand is Fanny Brice, the vaudeville bit player who rises to Broadway stardom despite emotional hardship. A beloved box-office hit, this was the only musical ever directed by William Wyler that helped launch Barbra Streisand's big screen career. Hosted by Michelle Solomon, Editor of Miami Art Zine. Screens on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:45pm

WHAT'S UP, DOC? (1972)

A smash-hit homage to screwball comedy directed by Peter Bogdanovich (Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show) that pairs impossible, accident-prone Barbra Streisand with uptight musicologist Ryan O'Neal as a modern-day Hepburn and Grant. Newly restored presentation in celebration of its 45th Anniversary! Hosted by Juan Barquin, Miami New Times writer and member of the Florida Film Critics Circle. Screens on Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm


Matchmaker Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is back in New York in search of a wife for the very wealthy Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau). Streisand soars in Gene Kelly's adaptation of the eponymous stage musical and is in great company here with the likes of Louis Armstrong, who sings the titular tune. Hosted by Richard Jay-Alexander, who recently co-directed (with Barbra Streisand), Barbra's recent tour: "The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic", which was filmed in Miami and will be available for streaming on Netflix later this year. Screens on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:45pm

YENTL (1983)

Barbra Streisand directed, co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in this Academy Award-winning musical about a young woman who disguises herself as a man so that she can study the Talmud in twentieth-century Poland. Hosted by Daniel Blair, curator of the REEL Hottpants Film Series. Screens on Wednesday, November 22 at 7pm

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