Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

„Why do people who want the truth never believe it when they get it?“
North Bohemia


Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Barbra Streisand disguised in boys' clothes looks with awe at the temple in the town where she's about to start studying. The temple is called Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Žatec and the adventure of a girl called Yentl is about to begin.

The story of Yentl who must cheat to do what she craves - to study - has indeed Shakespearean dimensions. Be your own judge - she dresses as a man, but she quite naturally falls in love with a young fellow. The girl, on the other hand, whom the fellow in question loves but cannot marry, falls in love with Yentl who is disguised as Anshel. Yes, it might come across as bit confusing, but it's very romantic, above all else. Barbra Streisand is not only the film's lead character with a stunning voice, but also its director.

How would the story about the desire of being someone else and crossing the imaginary borders of one's sex turn out had it not been provided with the perfect backdrop Žatec offered. One of them is this beautiful church with Romanesque, Baroque and neo-Gothic elements.


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