Picks and Pans Review: Barbra Streisand Remembers the Way It Was Making Yentl

updated 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• "People told me I'd never get it made," says Barbra Streisand of Yentl, her 1983 directorial debut starring herself as a woman passing as a boy. But she had chutzpah. Now, 25 years later, Streisand, 66, celebrates the film's release on DVD.

WAS IT DIFFICULT BRINGING YENTL TO THE SCREEN? It took 14 years! It was one obstacle after another. "Can an actress direct?" "Can an actress be fiscally responsible?" I was a woman in a man's world. But I love challenges.

WHAT DOES THE FILM MEAN TO YOU? There were a lot of parallels to my life. My father died when I was a baby. But in the movie I got to create a father.

DO YOU ENJOY SEEING YOUR YOUNGER SELF? I like one side of my face more than the other. When playing the boy, I filmed the "wrong" side. I didn't want to look good. So that is fun to watch.

WHAT EXTRAS ARE INCLUDED ON THE DVD? I documented my entire creative process of making the movie. I filmed all the rehearsals. And I've had all this material in a vault for so many years. It's all there.

HOW'S LIFE WITH YOUR HUSBAND, JAMES BROLIN? It's been 25 years since Yentl and 12 ½ with James. Half the time! Now how did that happen?

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