Barbra Streisand’s 1983 musical adaptation of a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer gives us Streisand as a quadruple threat: director, producer, cowriter, and lead performer; she’s also the only character who gets to sing. The plot describes a young female Jew in eastern Europe at the turn of the century who dresses as a boy in order to secure an education. The results may be a little protracted, but Streisand gives it her best shot, and the music by Michel Legrand is memorable. With Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving. PG, 133 min. (JR)

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