DAILY DOSE OF DELIGHT #16 (From FUNNY GIRL) in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS Posted June 29, 2018 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? Well, it seemed an intimate scene, despite Omar not being in a great deal of it - just admiring her from afar - so she needed to sing quietly as she seems to be introspectively considering her feelings and what she wants and needs. I find it interesting that she continues to move away from "people"/Omar, as she is singing how "people who need people are the luckiest people in the world," as if she is foreshadowing what will ultimately happen in the movie. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? As stated above, she moves away from him as she is singing and he doesn't go after her. Perhaps they know that they aren't destined to be together? How does the direction and editing of this scene support Streisand’s performance? Be specific about blocking, reaction shots, etc. It is showing us how she perceives what she is saying and how she is ultimately reacting to it.