When you actually think about it, Sue was a terrible agent for Barbra. For Pete's Sake, All Night Long, The Main Event, A Star is Born, Funny Lady... none of them remembered today.
And Babs fell out with Sue because Sue didn't want her to make Yentl, which turned out to be one of Babs' best pics.
Loved What's Up Doc? And The Main Event. ! She was the Kate Hudson of her day.
Nobody tells Babs what movies she wants to do. They were all her own decision.
No, that's not exactly right R1. Barbra had been wanting to make Yentl since the late 1960s, so do you think they'd still be friends in 1981 by the time All Night Long came along?
Though All Night Long isn't critically acclaimed, it's about the only Streisand movie that isn't Barbra being, well, Barbra.
R1: Yentl was a ludicrous vanity production for which Barbra was decades too old and too vain to even try to look like the part.
I'm sorry, what?
Yentl has been on my worst movies list since I first saw it as a teen. Shit just doesn't do it justice.
Babs in any drama movie is so off-putting to me...she's a Broadway belter, sing it sister!
Good point, OP. Haven't seen this mentioned elsewhere. Streisand really wasted her prime years in film.
Yentl was also only made because Streisand starred in it. Even if she had wanted to cast someone else, no one would have bankrolled the film.
"Nobody tells Babs what movies she wants to do. They were all her own decision."
I think that's very true. Barbra Streisand: Phenomenal talent, terrible taste (which became more apparent as she became more powerful with the passing years and completely stopped taking guidance and advice from others), and, apparently, extremely difficult and incredibly egotistical.
Yentl is a very silly story.
I don't care what anyone else says, any awards: It is Jewish kitsch.
If anyone had any questions about Barbra's bad taste, they were dispelled for good during the closing credits of A Star is Born:
"Miss Streisand's wardrobe . . . from her own closet."
What was Babs supposed to play back then - Princess Leia in "Star Wars"?
Barbra was also offered Klute and Cabaret. She turned down both. Don't know if her agent/management were involved in those decisions.
Well, I love her clothes in "A Star is Born," r13. It's not easy to do bohemian right, and I think Babs did it *just* right, giving Stevie and Christine a run for their money.
And the other films you mention may be forgotten, but "A Star is Born" is not and never will be. It was an enormous hit, had some great songs (and some crappy songs) in it, and straight women and gay men of a certain age will never forget Kristofferson's half-naked performance. It's so bad it's good; what's not to love?
Barbra in this month's issue of Elle:
“I don’t get a lot of offers to either direct or act. I’m still a kind of threatening object. I was offered They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, but you had to dance through the whole movie—I got tired just reading the script. I was offered Klute, but I was seeing someone at the time and didn’t want to work. I was offered Julia, but I was editing A Star Is Born. As I say to Jane Fonda, ‘I’m responsible for your career.’ Because I turned down those movies and she got them and she was wonderful in them. Now people want me for a specific role.”
Barbra decides what to do or not do. It's been that way from the start of her career. She always exercised full creative control of her choices.
I thought Sue Mengers was a shitty agent for Streisand at the time -- forget about them being "remembered today." With the exception of What's Up Doc, they all sucked.
I thought it was because they were personal friends that she kept her as agent.
Having a Jew play the lead in Cabaret and Julia would have changed the whole story.
And Klute? And I know she did it in Nuts, but Barbra is more believable as a teenage boy than a woman men would pay to fuck.
r21, Lillian Hellman (Fonda's character in Julia) was Jewish.
You should see "The Owl and the Pussycat" R21.
[quote]Having a Jew play the lead in Cabaret and Julia would have changed the whole story.
This if officially the dumbest thing ever posted in the history of Datalounge.
Even dumber that "Why are straight me so stupid?" and "Mah cooter is itchin' real bad!"
R22: I stand corrected. I forgot she was playing a real person, albeit made more heroic by, well, the character herself.
Having a Jew play Sally Bowles would have made a huge difference. Sally would not have been just a somewhat indifferent observer.
R26 -- but like Lillian Hellman, Sally Bowles was a real person -- at least based on one.
She was a flakey rich WASP gal, not unlike Edie Sedgewick. The contrast with the nice Jewish girl in the film (the canny compassionate one who lost her dog to the Brown Shirt thugs) was a necessary contrast about what real (as opposed to Sally-esque) problems looked like.
The real-life Sally Bowles, Jean Ross, was British, not American, and the character in the Christopher Isherwood novel GOODBYE TO BERLIN was also British rather than American.
R29: Because being British, American and Jewish in 1930s Berlin were fungible equivalencies?
Nothing gets by you, does it?
After her '60's muscials, Barbra tried a string of forgotten comedy movies. Trouble is, she plays the character the only way she knows how: fast-talking New York Yenta. So you've seen one, you've seen 'em all.
R31, "What's Up, Doc?" is one of the best 3 comedies of all-time. And "The Way We Were" is right up there with "Casablanca" is terms of favorite love stories of all-time.
""What's Up, Doc?" is one of the best 3 comedies of all-time."
We dispute your math.
Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Duck Soup, Bringing Up Baby, Annie Hall, etc.
" "The Way We Were" is right up there with "Casablanca" "
Oh no no no no no. That is like saying Velveeta is right up there with Red Dragon.
Oh, Hubbell, how could you say such a meshuggeneh thing?
"All Night Long" is a good film and, IMO, Barbra's best performance. As another poster stated, it's the one film where she isn't playing the "Babs" persona to the hilt. Her performance is actually quite muted and natural. She suggests a Marilyn-esque sexuality without overplaying it.
I think her lesser films were because of Jon Peiers A Star Is Born (a big hit Barbra was crushed when she didn't get Oscar nomination) and The Main Event. Barbra has herself to blame for Nuts and Mirror Has Two Faces but if you are a true Barbra fan u enjoy parts of these films...
Sally's friendly with Nazis who frequent the Kit Kat Klub. That wouldn't make any sense if the actress read as unmistkably Jewish
I read the "Vanity Fair" profile of Sue Mengers and watched the "60 Minutes" piece on her and, no, she didn't sound like a great nurturer of talent, more like she specialized in persuading already established stars into joining her stable. She just seems to have lucked into managing Barbra. I don't know whether or not she would have had a better career if she'd had different representation, though. Streisand was such a one-off sort of star that there has always been a certain amount of floundering around trying to find the right vehicle for her unique talent (like Midler herself, I guess.)
Mengers comes across as such a demure ladylike creature in the "60 Minutes" profile that it's hard to imagine her saying things like "Sue's cooze is cold," but there you go, that's showbiz, the art of being what you're not.