Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in this second remake of the 1937 Hollywood classic, a bittersweet story of the conjunction of rising and falling stars.
Updated to deal with the true stardom of the 1970s – that of the rock music world – this version is Barbra all the way.
She has turned the naive, vulnerable heroine into one tough cookie, a superstar around whom the incoherent plot and other characters revolve.
A couple of her eight songs are true Streisand numbers, but most emerge as bad imitations of Mick Jagger, serving at best to interrupt the pure boredom the film generates, with self-indulgence rampant in the 140-minute vanity production.
John Norman Howard