Fiddler on the Roof Movie Review - Starring Topol and Norma Crane

David Terr
 


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"Fiddler on the Roof" is a terrific musical set in the fictional Russian village of Anatevka in 1905. Based on the 1964 Broadway musical, the movie follows a group of poor Jewish settlers of the village. Topol plays Tevye, a dairyman with five daughters and Norma Crane plays Golde, his wife. Both do a terrific job. The music is also wonderful, including Isaac Stern's violin numbers played throughout the film.

The movie begins with the song “Tradition", in which the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters each sing about their tradional Jewish roles in their society. We also meet other characters including Yenta the matchmaker as well as the rabbi. Yenta arrives with news for Golde that the butcher Lazer Wolf, the richest Jew in the village, wants to marry Tevye's olders daughter Tseitel. Golde is thrilled and tells the news to Tevye, who goes to meet him. After discussing it with him, Tevye finally agrees to let Lazer marry his daughter. Tseitel, however, is in love with the tayler Motel. Eventually, after much persuasion, Motel and Tseitel get Tevye to agree to have them get married.

Two other daughters of Tevye end up marrying later in the film. Hodel, the next oldest, married Perchik, her teacher with radical views. Perchik ends up getting arrested in Kiev for demonstrating and sent to Siberia, where Hodel goes to join up with him. Chava ends up marrying Fyedka, a Christian peasant, much to the horror of Tevye, who refuses to accept the marriage. Meanwhile, the Jews of Anatevka are forcefully evacuated by the Russian army, whence they each end up parting their separate ways.

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