Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

This is an okay movie based on true events. In 1905, Tevye (Chaim Topol) the Dairyman lives in Russia with his poor Jewish family. In the tradition of their village, a matchmaker is charged with finding husbands for the local women. His oldest daughter Tzeitel is in love with Motel Kamzoil, a tailor without a sewing machine, but Tevye is unaware of this and arranges for her to marry the wealthy butcher. His second oldest daughter Hodel falls for a student named Perchick (Paul Michael Glaser) and she leaves the village to be with him. Then his third daughter confesses that she wants to marry outside of the Jewish faith to a Russian man, so he disowns her.

The film is adapted from the 1964 Broadway musical. It won Academy Awards for Best Song Score Adaptation, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound. The score was composed by John Williams. Isaac Stern provided the violin solos. When the film was re-released in 1979, thirty-two minutes were omitted.

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