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Filmsthemostbeautifulart's avatar


It takes a lot of energy to be a fiddler and hence the Idiom "As fit as a Fiddle". Tevye, the poor Jewish Peasant with five daughters and lovely wife is exactly in the same spot in this film. He is like the "Fiddler on the Roof": he runs a big family, he has to marry off three of his daughters, he is poor and to make matters they are in danger of being thrown out of their own homes. Norman Jewison's incredible musical is my personal all-time favorite of the genre and it just doesn't get any better than this.

Music is such a powerful tool to express one's feelings. This film very beautifully and perfectly makes use of it. Sometimes it's happy, sometimes it's sad, sometimes grand, sometimes it's about dreams... What I loved more is how the film never forgets the reality of life and that's I guess is the most vital element of Fiddler on the Roof. Every emotion and every thought (Especially of the protagonist) was captured perfectly.

A great musical I would very highly recommend for it's satire and it's wise morals.
11 years 3 months ago
nowhereman136's avatar


an achievement in both directing and cinematography. The acting and choreography are also something of a marvel. The story is rich in detail and themes that transcend the focus culture. While respected, it seems under appreciated in the history of cinema.
10 years 9 months ago
maruf_ur's avatar


The character ‘Tevye’ played by Topol that was incredible and the presentation of his thinking turn this movie a greatest one.
9 years 4 months ago
arunraj's avatar


its a brilliant movie...there is no issues in the world not touched.......
12 years 9 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Going in, I was wondering if Norman Jewison's adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof was justified in its three-hour run time. Well, though you could have trimmed some dances, I suppose, it totally is. Topol is magnetic in the main role of Tevye, that of the very traditional patriarch of a family of Russian Jews, confronted with evolving times just before the Revolution. The changes come mostly from love - the loves of his daughters defying tradition, and him defying tradition from his love of them - but the story takes on a more sober and epic bent as the community faces forced exile. He and his community must adapt to survive, and this ode to tradition becomes an anthem for the Jewish people's resilience. Everything is about embracing change as a way of holding on to one's identity, and that's as relevant today as it was when the movie was filmed, or set. Great songs throughout, with good use of culturally appropriate melodies, but I particularly love Jewison's direction, especially the way he sets up Tevye's conversation with the audience and with God.
5 years 2 months ago
Panunzio's avatar


As someone who's ordinarily not a fan of musicals, this one was quite a lot of fun. Some great songs, excellent choreography, and an immersive work of historical fiction to boot.
6 years 5 months ago
poppunknerd182's avatar


Topol sounds like Bane when he talks softly.
6 years 8 months ago
The Cat That Watches Films's avatar

The Cat That Watches Films

Really really long
10 years 11 months ago
stratos's avatar


A wonderfull story...very sensitive...
12 years 1 month ago
Gershwin's avatar


Much too long and very mediocre.
9 years 4 months ago
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