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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of musicals - movie & DVD review, January 11, 2001
This review is from: Fiddler on the Roof (DVD)
The Film:
Fiddler on the Roof is based on the tales of Russian Jewish life written by Shalom Alechem in the 1800s, with music scored by John Williams. Directed by Norman Jewison, it's widely acknowledged to be one of the best musicals ever made. Tevye, played by the famous jewish actor Topol, lives in the enclave of Anatevka with his wife and _6_ daughters. Insulated & protected by their Orthodox traditions, Tevye must face, with a poignant combination of humor, sorrow and acceptance, the marriage of his three eldest daughters in a series of increasingly unacceptable unions. How far can tradition be bent and still maintain the center of his family and his community's existence? Do we place tradition over family? Oswald Morris' beautiful cinematography and Jewison's compelling film-making pursue these questions both for the residents of Anatevka and for us in our ever-changing worlds.
The DVD:
A marvel, this film has never looked or sounded better for home viewing - a remixed Dolby 5.1 soundtrack and crystal-clear picture on a double-layer disc make this a contribution to your film library you'll not regret. Jewison & Topol's commmentary give you some ideas behind the making of the film, what the director was trying to achieve, and how Topol moved his character from stage to screen. Director's full use of the 70mm aspect ratio demands the anamorphic widescreen format used in this printing.
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Initial post: Mar 27, 2009 1:20:05 PM PDT
S. Bernard says:
Thank you so much for giving me the info I needed about the DVD itself. Like many, I've seen the movie & know the story & music. What I needed to know was about the extra bonus features - thank you! :)

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 4:37:41 AM PST
According to Norman Jewson who served as both Producer and Director, the movie is based on the book "Fiddler on the Roof" written by Joseph Stein; and set in Tsarist Russia in 1905; his inspiration was Sholem Aleichem's "Tevya the Milkman and Other Tales" written in 1894 and "Tevya's Daughters" translated and originally published in 1949. Tevya and Golde had "5" daughters not 6 - Tzeite, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze and Bielke - "It's enough you pick on me, bless me with five daughters, a life of poverty. But what have you got against my horse? Sometimes I think that when things are too quiet up there, You say to Yourself, "Let's see, what kind of mischief can I play on my friend Tevye?'"

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 5:09:08 PM PST
Important Note: It appears that Amazon is incorrectly cross-referencing products... again.--- I noticed that all the Fiddler on the Roof reviews are the SAME ones whether for the Special Ed. or the Collector Ed.

Gregory Dyas - I believe I've figured it out, but don't want to misdirect others, is your review of the Fiddler on the Roof (Collector's Edition) (1971) released in 2007 which has 2 disks and includes a feature commentary by Topol & Jewison and other additional features in addition to what the Special Edition offers? Your review shows up under both editions and that cannot be right. Thanks.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 4:52:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2012 5:05:47 PM PDT
R. Donahue says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 3:34:01 PM PDT
m.doob says:
The Jewish faith has a Messiah...they don't believe He has come yet.
One character says to the Rabbi near the end...'We've been waiting for Messiah for a long time, wouldn't this would be a good time for Him to come? Rabbi answers with 'We'll have to wait for Him somewhere else.'
The humor and songs are coping mechanisms to deal with their struggles, and the horrors that are going on in areas around them.
It's sad that you can't see, or choose not to see, the plight of Jews since the time of their exile.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 3:59:23 PM PDT
R. Donahue says:
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Posted on Apr 16, 2014 8:28:00 AM PDT
Is Barbara Streisand in it

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2014 8:45:53 AM PDT
No, Barbra Streisand isn't in "Fiddler"

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2014 5:34:23 PM PDT
JHP says:
...yes, she plays the catcher in the baseball scenes.
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