If The Sound Of Music could get away with jollying up Nazism, then this tuneful tale of a Jewish girl fighting sexism in olde worlde Europe should have been a snap to produce. Actually, for an untested writer/director by the name of Barbra Streisand, Yentl was the result of a 15-year tussle with a sceptical Hollywood hierarchy. Ultimately her pluck paid off at the box office and spills out in heartfelt song. As the titular rebel, her scholarly ambition is so steadfast she disguises herself as a boy in order to attend school. Reading is, y'know, not for girls (at one point someone shouts, ""Serious books for men, picture books for women!"" Okay, Barb - we get it) and she's just not having it.
Complications ensue when Yentl falls for her study partner (Mandy Patinkin) and multiply when she weds his fiancée (Amy Irving). It's testament to Streisand's charm that such a ludicrous plot is so engaging, with the rather uniform song'n'dance sequences carried along by her charisma.