Fiddler on the Roof
Tevye the Milkman is a Jewish peasant in pre-Revolutionary Russia trying to support his family and maintain his Jewish tradition under a Czar that would like to run his people out of town.
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Epic musical story of Jews facing religious persecution.
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Fresh: A lavish musical, too lavish for the subject matter, though.
- Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), Thursday, June 24, 2010
A fine performance by Topol, nice location filming and some beautiful and of course memorable music is what this has going for it. It moves at perhaps too leisurely of a pace although it is an almost exact rendering of the stage show, still a good entertainment.
- jjnxn, Sunday, August 1, 2010
I can't believe that it took me so long to see this deservedly acclaimed work by Norman Jewison about how life, as John Lennon said, is what happens while we were making other plans. Rousing and heartwarming with songs that do not offend but rather enhance the affair, as well as a look at life in a small Jewish village in Poland in the days before the revolution.
- ApeneckFletcher, Monday, August 8, 2011
From the stage play that this film is based on, it is obvious that special care had to be taken place due to the strong and loyal fan base that is around this musical of hope and tradition. While watching this film, it is clear to see that Norman Jewison has taken special care in the production of the film. Visually, this film is beautiful seeing the country side and showing how it changes from a poor village to an overworked piece of land that is barely holding on. The story for this film is, sadly, one of the weakest parts. One thing that a lot of people hate is repetition. This is a film that repeats itself quite a bit. The basic formula is this: Daughter gets married, Father is upset, he gives in. Now, one of the redeeming parts of this overworked plot is that it continues to work every time. Acting wise, the only person worth mentioning is Topol as Tevye. He is seriously the only actor that develops his character, and actually makes it worthwhile and good. The rest of the cast is mostly (and sadly) one dimensional and I personally do not care for that. They introduce some good characters that I would have loved to see changed and developed, but the acting of Topol makes up for them all (thankfully). Now, the score is the complete highlight of this film and what makes this film worth the watch. There are few films that treat the subject of Judaism with respect and this is one of those films that does. The music, the set props, all capture the beauty of this heavily abused and neglected and tortured religion, and finally there is a film that gives dignity. So, overall, I say see this film if you love the original stage play, like the works of Norman Jewison, or like good musicals. But if you are expecting a deep, philosophical story line, then you are looking in the wrong place. Now, why am I recommending this story? Simple: It does what it does and what it does it does well.
- fb100000257973100, Friday, May 6, 2011