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Somehow, Norman Jewison still doesn't quite seem to get enough recognition. But, despite the fact that his name doesn't leap to mind when thinking about legendary directors, many of his films make the list of all-time greats. One of those classics (missing out on many of the Oscars it was nominated for due to the domination of The French Connection) is now available on Blu-Ray, and the 40th Anniversary Edition of Fiddler on the Roof is an absolute must own title.
Few films have ever managed to stir such emotion and deliver such complexity of theme, especially when you consider Fiddler on the Roof's ability to balance the oppressive setting with the joy and vibrancy of life embodied by Tevye (in Topol's brilliant performance).
Eyeing marriages for their five daughters, each with the fire and spark of youth tempered into various manifestations by the determined good cheer of their father, »
- Marc Eastman
Chicago – Norman Jewison’s 1971 adaptation of the Broadway smash “Fiddler on the Roof” offers a textbook example of the best possible way to make a musical for the big screen. It came out at a time when movie musicals were quickly becoming a dying art form, and yet Jewison somehow managed to avoid all the mistakes that marred so many other filmmakers.
His first excellent decision was to avoid casting any big names. Topol was a 35-year-old actor who first played the main role of Tevye in a 1967 West End production. In the massive array of extras contained on this sensational 40th anniversary Blu-Ray edition, Jewison claims that he utilized clipped fragments of his own graying hair to age his preferred leading man. Yet the director’s efforts were obviously not in vain. Topol turned out to be such an indelible choice that it’s practically impossible to think of anyone else in the role. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Director: Norman Jewison
The Scoop: (1971) Based on the wildly popular Broadway musical of the same name, "Fiddler on the Roof" tells the story of a Jewish dad at the turn of the 20th century who is trying to cope with his daughters drifting away from both him and his faith. The solution? Well, we don't want to give any spoilers, but it involves a fiddle. The film won three Oscars.
Special Features: Commentary, featurettes, deleted song
Rated G, 181 min. | Watch the trailer »
- NextMovie Staff
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
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- Aaron Ruffcorn
We have an exclusive clip from the brand new high-def release Fiddler on the Roof, which just hit store shelves in a 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition April 5. Click on the video player below for a glimpse at Oscar-nominated star Topol signing "If I Were a Rich Man."
Click to watch Exclusive: If I Were a Rich Man!
This lavishly produced and critically-acclaimed screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Academy Award-nominee Topol, For Your Eyes Only), a poor but soulful milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century Czarist Russia. Tevye and his wife Golde (Norma Crane, 1984) attempt to arrange suitable marriages for their five strong-willed daughters in poignant-and often amusing-moments that celebrate life and love.
Audio commentary by Director Norman Jewison and star TopolDeleted SongFeaturettesHistorical background
5 items from 2011
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