Bar­bra Streisand: Be­com­ing an Icon

9pm, BBC Four

The Guardian - G2 - - Tv And Radio - Mike Bradley

A skil­fully as­sem­bled look at the early life and ca­reer of one of the great­est mu­si­cal stars of the 20th cen­tury, fol­low­ing Streisand from a de­prived child­hood in pre-boho Wil­liams­burg to the world­wide suc­cess of Yentl in 1983, the first film to fea­ture a woman as writer-di­rec­tor­pro­ducer-star. The most in­ter­est­ing com­men­tary comes from the writer Camille Paglia, who points out her “un­com­pro­mis­ing Jewish­ness” and says: “At her best she is like div­ina­tion to me.”

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