Picks and Pans Review: Barbra Streisand in Putting It Together

updated 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

HBO (Sat., Jan. 11, 10 p.m. ET)


Though this special was filmed during the recording of Streisand's new Broadway album, it doesn't really show you how a record is made. Instead, the special gives you a glimpse into Streisand's own mirror, mirror on the wall, the one she made to say she's fairest of them all. It begins with pictures of Bar-bra—always a delight—showing her early years, album covers, Emmy and Grammy awards, standing ovations and adoring throngs. Then we see Barbra, lit like some masterpiece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, talking to director William (To Live and Die in L.A.) Friedkin about her "art," "integrity," "roots" and all that. Friedkin calls her renditions "sound pictures" and "absolutely definitive" and says "there's a glimpse of infinity" in one. He treats her with a deference and worship that would make Queen Victoria cringe and even Frank Sinatra blush. You wait for Friedkin to just go ahead and kiss her feet. And you wait for Streisand to sing, which is the only—but very—good part.

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