5: Short story excerpt, “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy,” 1962.
Streisand’s film adaptation diverges from the original short story (and from I.B. Singer and Leah Napolin’s Broadway play adaptation) in key ways. The wedding night scene in the film, for example, presents a different narrative about the marriage and its consummation than the short story.
Suggested Activity: Compare the wedding night scene in the film (7 minutes, about 1:19:00 to 1:25:57), and the passage from the story. Discuss why Streisand might have removed the consummation scene and substituted a scene of drunkenness and spilled wine. Do the students perceive Yentl differently as a character in the story passage and in the film scene? Ask students how they might have filmed this scene themselves.
Source: Isaac Bashevis Singer, “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," Commentary vol. 34, no. 3 (Sept. 1962), 213-24. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/yentl-the-yeshiva-boy-a-story/