Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Sharif (despite much controversy over being Egyptian during a tense time in world politics with this nation) is nicely cast as her handsome husband, who appreciates her talents while understandably wanting to make his own way in life.
Their scenes together are never uncomfortable, despite knowing the ultimate trajectory of their marriage. Pidgeon is appropriately old-school as Ziegfeld (thank goodness Fanny stands up to him in a pivotal early scene):
… and Oscar-nominated Kay Medford is fine if underused as Fanny’s Jewish Mama.
More egregious is the severely truncated presence of Anne Francis as Fanny’s friend Georgia James (seen below on the left) — though at 2.5+ hours long, the film does already feel lengthy enough.
Film fanatics will surely want to check out this beautifully produced musical (directed by William Wyler) for its historical relevance, and to see Streisand in the role that defined but never constrained her.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: