DAILY DOSE OF DELIGHT #16 (From FUNNY GIRL) in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS Posted June 29, 2018 If Streisand had performed People in the same manner as the play, it wouldn't have been as intimate or personal as it is in the film. She also does it in a way where it's part of the interaction between the two characters so the focus is not just on her, as solos on stage tend to be. It's interesting though that the song out of the movie stands on it's own with one meaning and a different meaning in the film. And a lot of that has to do with Streisand's amazing singing and acting skills. To take the same source and give it different meanings takes a lot of talent. It's hard to imagine anyone else being about to play Fannie the way she did and have the same success. It is such a personal and intimate song that it brings out deep emotions from both characters. Streisand's are more obvious as she is the one singing, but Omar does more than stand and watch and give her the space to perform. He is still part of that intimate interaction and his expressions reflect that. He's not just following and watching her, but it's also in the way he stops and leans on the rails and looks at her in a loving way. The message of the song is not lost on his character. The direction and editing of the scene make it all Streisand's, yet it can't leave out Omar as his character is also important to the scene. If he wasn't in it then the song wouldn't have been so intimate. The viewers have to see why it's being sung. Shots that widen so that we also see Omar yet keep the focus on Streisand are able to keep the song intimate between the two.