One of Barbra Streisand’s most beloved performances is that of the indomitable Dolly Levi in this hugely popular musical that received a best picture Academy Award nomination in 1969. It’s turn-of-the-century Yonkers, New York, where an ambitious young widow with a penchant for matchmaking, has an idea for the perfect match – tight-fisted, local merchant Horace Vandergelder and – herself! As she tries to win his heart, we’re treated to one of the most musically entertaining, hilariously underhanded plots in film history.
This film has certainly earned the right to be dubbed a classic. Everything in it takes the viewer back to the Golden Era. The setting and all of the buildings; the dresses that the women wear and all of their elaborate accessories; the sharp suits and top hats that the men wear; all the way down to the way they talk, draws the audience into the date and time of this movie. All of the amazing songs are sung by people with beautiful voices and they really enchanted me and brought me further into the movie. I really enjoyed this movie, and Barbra Streisand plays this role magnificently.