Movie Review: Yentl

1030 WordsOct 8, 19995 Pages
Movie Review: Yentl Everyone at one time or another has felt out of place. Feeling unsure of one's place in society is an experience that every young adult faces but deals with differently. Some rebel while others comply with whatever has been set out for them by society or their parents, or both. The role of the woman in society is forever changing. Where women were once obligated to stay in the home and dote on their husbands, they are now working in the same types of jobs as their husbands. What was typically the male role has been blurred and practically obliterated. Religious roles have followed society's lead in their evolution. For example, since its creation over five thousand years ago, the Jewish religion has evolved in…show more content…
When Yentl is accepted as a student at the yeshiva (a thing forbidden to women), light streams in the window as if to show hope and happiness for Yentl. When Yentl first disguises herself as a male, she sings her thoughts of fear, a feeling also displayed by the candle which is lit and the light of which, reflected on her face, shows her sadness. Often, the camera angle looks downward on Yentl, perhaps to show that her efforts may seem large in her life, but in the large picture of the Jewish religion, she will not be making large changes. It may also be that this camera angle displays the assumed insignificance of a woman, or her feelings of insignificance. The lighting, as well as the camera angles contribute to the theme and mood of the film. Symbolism plays a large role in the portrayal of theme in Yentl. A bird soaring through the sky is frequently shown throughout the film. This symbolizes Yentl's struggle and eventual conquering of her feats. She, like the bird, is able to soar - through the prejudices of her traditions and through the world of knowledge for which she so longs. She displays this thought in the last line of the movie when she sings "Papa watch me fly." As well, when Yentl transforms herself into Anshel, the boy, she looks at herself in a cracked mirror and cuts her hair. This displays her uncertainty of herself and her place in Jewish society, and the cutting of her hair symbolizes her transformation and the beginning of a new

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