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Inspired by Streisand, 'Yentl'

March 07, 2009

I'm delighted that Susan King devoted a cover story about the release -- finally -- of "Yentl" on DVD ["Streisand Revisits 'Yentl,' Her Mitzvah," Feb. 25]. It has always been one of my favorite films and a true inspiration for not only budding women filmmakers but women in general.

What I've always found to be the most universal theme was the "struggle of gender bias." I found it enlightening that Barbra Streisand, who was a powerful force in Hollywood (perhaps the most important female artist), had to disguise the fact she had co-written the script -- just like the character of Yentl.

Streisand was also afraid the audience would be "prejudiced" to the fact that she had also directed the film, so she saved the credits till the end of the film.

How sad it is to realize that we may not have come that far. And that men are still often "prejudiced" and uncomfortable when a woman is "multifaceted" and has a strong vision. I find that people today are still threatened when a woman wears many hats, and they are criticized where they should be hailed.

Katharine Kramer

Valley Village

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