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Fiddler on the roof
Topol, 1935-
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2001, c1971]

©2001, ©1971
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (179 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people's traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof.
General Note:
Special ed.

Based on the stage play by Joseph Stein, adapted from the stories of Sholem Aleichem ; music adapted and conducted by John Williams.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1971.

Special features: "Norman Jewison, filmmaker" documentary, audio commentary by Norman Jewison and Topol, never-before-available deleted song "Any day now", "Tevye's dream" in full color, stories of Sholom Aleichem and historical background read by Norman Jewison, and storyboard to film comparison.

Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
Rated G.
Format :


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Material Type
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Kenmore Library DVD 1898 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Lancaster Library DVD 1898 Adult DVD Audio Visual
North Collins Library DVD 1898 Adult DVD Family Viewing
Orchard Park Library DVD 133 Adult DVD Family Viewing
East Aurora Library DVD 1898 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Orchard Park Library DVD 1898 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka (the film was actually lensed in Yugoslavia). Israeli actor Topol repeats his London stage role as Tevye the milkman, whose equilibrium is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews, and the romantic entanglements of his five daughters. Whenever the weight of the world becomes too much for him, Tevye carries on lengthy conversations with God, who does not answer but is at least more willing to listen than the milkman's remonstrative wife Golde. After arranging a marriage between his oldest daughter Tzeitel and wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye is forced to do some quick rearranging when the girl falls in love with poor tailor Motel Kamzoil. Fancying himself more broad-minded than his gentile oppressors, Tevye cannot accept the notion that his other daughter Chava would want to marry Fyedka, a non-Jew. And after shouting the praises of "tradition," Tevye must change his tune-and his entire life-when he and his neighbors are forced out of Anatevka by the Czar's minions. Topol's co-stars include Norma Crane as Golde, Yiddish theater legend Molly Picon as Yente the matchmaker, and Leonard Frey as Motel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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