The announcement that Barbra Streisand has signed a directing deal with Los Angeles-based sales and financing outfit Aldamisa International for several (as yet undetermined) projects is great news for Streisand fans and film fans as well. Barbra has proven herself to be a gifted director. In the three films she has directed (Yentl, The Prince of Tides, and The Mirror Has Two Faces, she has shown herself to be a master of the look and the emotion of a story. Yentl lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman told me that Barbra “knew the palette she wanted” for that movie, and indeed many of the scenes could have been created by a European master.
Barbra has shown herself to be equally adept at sweeping romantic melodrama and harrowing tragedy (think of the rape scene in Tides). She was also able to balance nicely the comic and dramatic elements of The Mirror Has Two Faces.
I doubt there’s any genre Barbra couldn’t conquer if she set he mind to it, but she is unquestionably drawn to romantic stories. I hope she continues to be (despite the sometime sniping of straight male critics), because there are a lot of movies left in Barbra Streisand and a lot of romantic stories left for her to tell.