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The Scroll

No. 38: Fiddler on the Roof


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(20th Century Fox)

1971, dir. Norman Jewison. The 1971 movie version of Bock and Harnick’s 1964 Broadway classic brought Hollywood’s Jewish-American assimilation saga full circle, as a new generation made showbiz gold out of nostalgia for, of all things, the Pale of Settlement. Broadway buffs kvetched about the casting (Topol instead of Zero Mostel?!); purists weren’t crazy about minor deviations from the stage version’s script. But how can you resist Yiddish film legend Molly Picon as Yente the matchmaker? And the songs! Sing it: “If I were a rich man.”


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alottadreck says:

Everyone Kvetched about the casting at first….buuuut TOPOL really does hold up in a way Zero couldn’t have!!!!


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