Chiara  CalÚ 




Posted by Chiara CalÚ on January 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM

(8 stars/10) 

This is Barbra Streisand's second CBS television special, released in 1966. This show was revolutionary at that time, as it was in color.

The program, as seen on DVD (or on Netflix), is introduced by an older Streisand. It is divided into three parts. The first part is shot inside the Philadelphia Art Museum. Beautiful art valorized by a brilliant directing style. The camera follows Streisand as she admires the surrounding paintings and sculptures, and sometimes she becomes a painting and sings a song for the viewer. Brilliant.

The costumes, jewelry and make-up worn by Streisand are as beautiful as the art itself.

The second part is more comedic. Streisand talks a bit about animals, then takes the viewer on a journey to a *pink* circus. In the company of animals like penguins, pigs, a horse, and a tiger, she sings bits from 14 songs.

In the third part, Streisand, elegant as always, sings five more songs at the bottom of a long, wide staircase that seems to stretch directly from Heaven.

The music is fantastic. A studio album (Streisand's seventh) was issued in 1966. It reached number 3 in the US albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

The track list for the CD is slightly different. Here are the songs sung in the show:

"Draw Me a Circle"


"One Kiss"

"The Minute Waltz"

"Gotta Move"

"Non c'est Rien"

"Where or When"


"Animal Crackers in My Soup"

"Funny Face"

"The Face"

"They Didn't Believe Me"

"Were Thine That Special Face"

"I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"

"Let's Face the Music and Dance"

"Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long"

"What's New Pussycat?"

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"

"Small World"

"Try to Remember"

"Spring Again"

"I Stayed Too Long at the Fair"

"Look at That Face"

"Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home"

"It Had To Be You"

"C'est si bon"

"Where Am I Going?"

"Starting Here, Starting Now"

I had never heard these songs before. I like them all, but my absolute favorites are "Draw Me a Circle", "Gotta Move", and "Non c'est Rien".

Length: 60min

(this review has also been published on IMDb)

Categories: Film & TV

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