Synopsis: In an Ashkenazic shtetl in Poland, Yentl Mendel is the boyishly klutzy daughter and only child of long widowed Rebbe ("Talmud Teacher") Mendel, who teaches Talmud (a codification of Jewish Law) to local boys - and to Yentl, but secretly because girls were not allowed to learn the law in those days. When her father dies, Yentl is all alone in the world. She takes the momentous decision to leave the village and - disguised as a boy and calling herself by the name of her late brother, Anshel - seeks and gets admitted to a Yeshiva, to study the texts, traditions, subtleties and complexities of Torah, Talmud, etc. She befriends Avigdor who is engaged to Haddas, but her family discovers his brother committed suicide so they call off the wedding (in case Avigdor possesses the same madness). Anshel then finds "him"-self in the awkward position of being called into service as substitute bridegroom, so that the wedding can go ahead and Haddas will have a husband. It is a marriage that never gets
Director(s): Barbra Streisand
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations.
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133 min

- Really?

- Oh, yes.

Go on, your move.

- Papa?

- Mm?

Why does every bookseller

have the same argument?

- You know why.

- I envy them.

- The booksellers?

- No, the students!

Talking about life, the universe.

I learn how to tell a herring from a carp!

Yentl, for the thousandth time,

men and women have different obligations.

- I know, but...

- And don't ask why.

Go on. Get the books.

- Get the books.

- Thank you, Papa.

(Papa) "Thank you, Papa.

Thank you, Papa. "

- The shutters, darling.

- The shutters.

If you don't hide my studying from God,

why from the neighbours?

I trust God will understand.

I'm not so sure about the neighbours.

Questions, questions,

even when you were Little.

"Does a goat have a soul?

What was before the universe?"

- I'd Like to know.

- Oy!

- Where were we?

- Hillel's argument. Erm...

Hillels argument that knowledge...


- Papa?

- (Mumbles)

Papa, I'm... I'm a Little tired tonight.

Do you mind? We'll study tomorrow.


Oh, Yentl, Yentl.

Oy. You're such a comfort to me.

But you should have a young man to take

care of you, one who doesn't Like to eat.

- Good night.

- Good night, Papa.


- Are you all right?

- Yes, I'm fine.

(Coughing quietly)

(Papa coughing quietly)


O merciful father,

I am wrapped in a robe of light,

clothed in your glory

that spreads its wings over my soul.

May I be worthy.


There's not a morning I begin

Without a thousand questions

Running through my mind

That I don't try to find

the reason and the logic

In the world that God designed

The reason why

A bird was given wings

If not to fly

And praise the sky

With every song it sings

What's right or wrong

Where I belong

Within the scheme of things...

(Papa coughing)

And why have eyes that see

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Jack Rosenthal

Jack Morris Rosenthal (8 September 1931 – 29 May 2004) was an English playwright, who wrote 129 early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and over 150 screenplays, including original TV plays, feature films, and adaptations. A street in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester is named after him, appropriately next to a centre of contemporary art, theatre and film that opened in 2015, HOME. more…

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