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Title:
Fiddler on the roof
Author:
Stein, Joseph.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment : Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (181 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Tevye is a poor milkman in czarist Russia, where he provides for five unmarried daughters and a sharp-tongued wife. Faced with mounting financial strain and growing anti-Semitism, Tevye strives to maintain balance despite the precarious nature of his situation.
General Note:
2-disc collector's ed.

Title from container.

Originally produced for the New York stage by Harold Prince ; entire stage production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins ; based on the stage play "Fiddler on the roof" ; adapted from Sholom Aleichem ; stories by special arrangement with Arnold Perl.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1971.

Special features: Disc one: Audio commentary by director/producer Norman Jewison and actor Topol ; Disc two: "John Williams: creating a musical tradition" featurette; "Tevye's daughters" featurette; "Set in reality: production design" featurette; "Songs of 'Fiddler on the roof': featurette; "Norman Jewison looks back" featurette; "Tevye's dream sequence": original print and full color side-by-side comparison and an introduction by Norman Jewison; "Norman Jewison, filmmaker" documentary; historical background: read by Norman Jewison with photographs by Ann Weiss; "The stories of Sholom Aleichem" read by Norman Jewison; deleted song "Any day now"; production design and storyboards; photographic production diary.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: G.
Geographic Term:
UPC:
027616063281
Format :
DVD

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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