DAILY DOSE OF DELIGHT #16 (From FUNNY GIRL) in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS Posted June 28, 2018 1. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? Having seen a few videos of Streisand performing “People” live, I do not see how she could possible belt this number more than she does in the film. However, her rendition here is more “muted,” as it needs to be within the context of the larger film, I think. Once, again I am at a disadvantage because I have not seen the entire film as of this posting. But based on what I have seen, it seems that Fanny sings the song to Nick as an invitation to be with her, even though they are both individuals. “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” Being more expressive and theatrical would have removed that intimacy from the number and the message she was sending him with her words. I may be wrong—it has happened before—but I think that being more expressive would have made this less of a “love letter” or an invitation to Nick. 2. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? Even before Fanny begins to sing, there seems to be sadness in her eyes while they are discussing how each of them is lonely for different reasons. Then she seems to look longingly at Nick even as she is walking away, turning back to face him when she stops on the sidewalk just before ascending the stairs. Also while on the sidewalk, the glances she gives Nick are her way of saying she is not as happy as the people she is singing about, and she is hinting that it is Nick whom she wants in her world. Nick has stopped following her at that point, creating a greater physical distance between them, as well as an emotional distance between them? While Fanny is on the steps, there is a bit of “playfulness” to her performance as she smiles and evens laughs a bit when singing about how lucky these different groups are, whether they are children or lovers. She seems to want these things and it seems she is hoping Nick does as well. 3. How does the direction and editing of this scene support Streisand’s performance? Be specific about blocking, reaction shots, etc. It seems I already answered much of this question in number two above. However, beyond that I will say that the blocking and editing tell us this is Streisand’s song, unlike say “You Are Woman, I Am Man,” which was clearly Sharif’s number where he actually sings to Fanny whereas Fanny sings her inner thoughts. There are more close-ups of Streisand as the song progresses so we can see the emotions she is feeling and trying to convey to Nick. Yet there are occasional shots of Nick as he reacts to her words. Based on both of their facial expressions, despite the physical distance in the scene, it seems both characters wish to bridge the physical gap, as well as any emotional gap?