Director: Norman Jewison
Casts: Chaim Topol,Norma Crane,Leonard Frey,Paul Michael Glaser,Molly Picon,Paul Mann
Fiddler on the Roof Directed by Norman Jewison is an Hollywood film released in 1971 and set during the Tsarist Russia in 1905.This film is all about Tevye and his family. Tevye (Chaim Topol) is a Jewish man lives in the town Anatevka along with his wife Golde (Norma Crane)and five daughters.He has high beliefs in his Jewish tradition and in family values.Parts of the movie will be in musical form or Tevye speaking with the audience or with the Heaven(God).
Tevye is a hardworking head of the family lives in Anatevka.The town is separated with two communities, one with larger orthodox christians and the other with smaller Orthodox Jewish set.Golde relays on the towns matchmaker Yente (Molly Picon) to find a perfect match for her elder daughter Tzeitel (Rosalind Harris).Tevye on the other side promises to a wealthy butcher to marry his daughter.But Tzeitel above all wishes to marry her childhood boyfriend Motel Kamzoil (Leonard Frey).Motel is a tailor in the town.Tzeitel along with Motel requests Tevye to approve for their marriage.Tevye after deep conversation accepts their love.
Meanwhile one day Tevye meets Perchik (Paul Michael Glaser), a radical Marxist from Kiev.Tevye invites Perchik to stay with him and to teach his daughters.Slowly Tevye’s second daughter Hodel fell in love with Perchik.Tevye initially disagrees but later accepts as they love each other .Later Perchik leaves the town and work for the revolution which then Hodel joins with him.
An another major blow came to Tevye through his third daughter Chava (Neva Small) as she fell in love with a young Russian of orthodox church.She marries him without the families approval.Finally the Jews of Anatevka informed to leave the place and Tevye’s family makes a hard decision to leave the town. Though Tevye disagrees with Chava at the end he gives his sign of approval to his daughter.
Tevye characterization is highly commendable and his performance in the film is good.The other remarkable aspects in this films were its musical score and cinematography.As the movie is in the musical form I especially liked the songs “If I Were a Rich Man“, “Sunrise, Sunset” which is a wedding song followed by “Wedding Celebration/The Bottle Dance” – Orchestra and the choreography is simply amazing.A new arrival of tailoring machine to the Motel’s family is quite interesting.The films Cinematography makes us feel its atmosphere and its so bright. Fiddler on the Roof is full of tradition filled with music.
Best Song Score Adaptation, Best Cinematography, Best Sound