Barbra Streisand, born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, is one of the most visible and influential figures in music, film and performance arts of the last fifty years – the “world’s greatest living performer,” as one biographer calls her. A uniquely gifted singer with a mezzo-soprano voice easily spanning three octaves and a stage entertainer who seamlessly integrates musical performance, dance and comedy with storytelling, Streisand became a best-selling recording artist in her early twenties. She went on to an equally successful career in film acting, directing, screenwriting and producing, as well as becoming a politically-engaged public figure. But Streisand was unique in another important way: Breaking with a long tradition of assimilation in the arts, she was the first recognizably and unapologetically Jewish global superstar. “Critical Barbra”, a three-day event at the German Film Museum, the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt and Goethe University, celebrates the many facets of Streisand’s unique talent with film screenings, talks and performances.
Vinzenz Hediger (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Sprecher Konfigurationen des Films)
Marc Siegel (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, PI Konfigurationen des Films)