[Last Film I Saw] Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Fiddler on the Roof poster

Title: Fiddler on the Roof
Year: 1971
Language: English, Hebrew, Russian
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, Family, Musical
Norman Jewison
Sholom Aleichem
Joseph Stein
Norma Crane
Paul Mann
Leonard Frey
Molly Picon
Rosalind Harris
Michele Marsh
Neva Small
Paul Michael Glaser
Ray Lovelock
Vernon Dobtcheff
Zvee Scooler
Elaine Edwards
Shimen Ruskin
Rating: 6.4/10

As Hollywood is a place gathering all the potent and filthy rich Jews, there is no wonder this Jewish drama-musical could become a sensation in 1971, garnered 8 OScar nominations including BEST PICTURE, DIRECTOR, ACTOR, S. ACTOR and harvested 3 of them (music score, sound and cinematography).

Running time is over 180 minutes, I exerted myself quite hard to finish the film. Being an adaption of a success musical, the film version holds steady the same axiom “Music is the cure!”. The melodies and riffs have a dominating impact so that the shallowness of the corny script (three marriages, specifically encountering money, politics and religion obstacles) should not hinder the sonic amalgam.

I’m rather a peculiar person, as usually, musical has never been my cup of tea, let alone a prolonged one, despite of the fact that I’m a true contemporary music aficionado. The only fun I can acquire is from Topol’s “If I Were a Rich Man”, which I just realized is the catchy refrain of Gwen Stefani’s hit single “Rich Girl”.

Maybe after 40 years, the didactical preaching through music has been outdated for my generation, also in a utopian world, Jewish or not is not an issue anymore (the same thing suitable for genders, religions, colors or sex orientations), so bearing the label of a nihilist, I find that John Williams soul-freeing score are much more tempting than Jerry Bock’s oldies soundtrack. Anyway, one thing I can not deny is Topol’s strenuous but fabulous performance (personally Paul Mann’s Lazar wolf is my pick), which will never become bleached through all these years.


2 thoughts on “[Last Film I Saw] Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

  1. Pingback: [Last Film I Watched] The Boys in the Band (1970) | Cinema Omnivore

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