In fact, that's what I want to write about tonight. The Mirror Has Two Faces.
I'm going through some of the press and there are some -- especially the British press -- that feel the need to bring up that movie and trash it or offer idiots like Janet Maslin trashing it when it came out.
If you haven't seen the film, Streisand stars with Jeff Bridges. They are both college professors. She doesn't believe she has value for one person. She believes she's a good teacher -- and she is -- and she knows her students love her lectures. She tries to be a good daughter (Lauren Bacall in an amazing performance). But she doesn't think she has anything that would make a man love her for her. This didn't start recently but her sister (Mimi Rogers) recently marrying the man she was interested in first (Pierce Brosnan) probably didn't help.
Bridges' problem is he's driven by lust. He becomes a zombie.
So he starts looking for a relationship with platonic love because he feels sex ruins everything.
Mimi sees his classified and contacts him on behalf of her sister (Streisand). They meet up and she doesn't know his attitude about sex.
She thinks he values her. And he does. But he doesn't want sex.
And then when she wants it, he really wants it and instead of doing it he starts accusing her of ruining everything.
She goes on a self-improvement kick. While it's great that it makes Pierce realize what he lost, I really think she was better before. But all ends happy when Bridges convinces her he loves her.
That's a sprawling story and it's a comedy. In addition to the above, you have Brenda Vacarro in a great role as Barbra's best friend, George Segal as Jeff's best friend and Austin Pendelton as Barbra's ex. (Austin played the man handing out the grant -- Mr. Lariby? -- in What's Up Doc?) This is a huge cast and there's not a bad performance. She even used a model in the film, I can't think of her name (I don't follow models) and the model's better than she is in anything else. Barbra's a very gifted director.
And there's not a false note to The Mirror Has Two Faces. I think it actually may be behind Yentl as her best film.
But some critics hated it and attacked it.
Barbra's nails. Barbra's ass.
I didn't watch the film feeling Barbra The Director was lingering over Barbra the body. I think some people get a little worked up over things that really aren't there.
Barbra's exteriors are amazing. She gets some of the best shots of the most over shot NYC ever. And it's fresh in her eyes. She really captures something. Interiors? She makes them rich with detail, they feel like real rooms and not lie a movie set.
In the world of movies and films, let me be honest: I want Barbra in comedies. I love Barbra in comedies.
But that's my desire. Setting that aside, you'd have to be crazy not to realize what an amazing director she is.
I've criticized her hear over her blind-faith in Barack Obama. (I have no faith in that asshole. He showed what a sexist he was in 2008 and I will never forget. I will never ever forget.)
But as a director she's one of the greats. I'm glad she's doing another film. She really needs to be directing two more, not one. How come? So that TCM and other stations can be doing "Barbra week" 30 years from now -- and focusing on her films as a director, she'll need five for that.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"