Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
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Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka (the film was actually lensed in Yugoslavia). Israeli actor Topol repeats his London stage role as Tevye the milkman, whose equilibrium is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews, and the romantic entanglements of his five daughters. Whenever the weight of the world becomes too much for him, Tevye carries on lengthy conversations with God,
Nov 3, 1971 Wide
Jun 30, 1998
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The qualities that have kept the Broadway Fiddler running these seven years are in scant supply onscreen.
Sentimental in a theatrical way, romantic in the oldfashioned way, nostalgic of immigration days, affirmative of human decency, loyalty, bravery and folk humor.
Very hard to take with the film sitting up and practically slobbering in its eagerness to prove how loveable it is.
They want to show us everything, to give us our money's worth. In so doing, they've not just opened up the play, they've let most of the life out of it.
Would it be heresy on my part to suggest that Fiddler isn't much as a musical, and that director Norman Jewison has made as good a film as can be made from a story that is quite simply boring?
There's a vibrant nature to the acting in this film that warms the heart and makes it feel comfortable, even when things aren't going so great for the characters.
What could have been a brilliant film experience, expanding on the stage version as only film can, ends up instead as a series of wonderful bits and pieces.
The choreography is clumsy, the acting caricatured, and the songs themselves painfully overblown.
As a musical look at family, generational and cultural conflict, and faith, Fiddler on the Roof makes a virtue of its quaintness... [Blu-ray]
Topol breathes new life into Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldoon Harnick's musical.
With each musical number, another integral and eternal aspect of Judaism is pondered, explored, and expressed with passionate flourishes.
Though the acting is good and some of the songs are glorious, this film version of the stage hit leaves much to be desired due to lack of imagination of helmer Norman Jewison and excessive running time (180 minutes).
A lavish musical, too lavish for the subject matter, though.
enjoyable and charming
Touching story with great music.
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- Perchik: Money is the world's curse.
- Tevye: May the Lord smite me with it. And may I never recover.
- Tevye: As the good book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.
- Mendel: Where does the book say that?
- Tevye: Well, it doesn't say that exactly, but somewhere there is something about a chicken. Good sabbath.
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