Fiddler on the Roof

Directed by Norman Jewison

1971

Fiddler on the Roof, an adaptation of a 1964 Broadway musical of the same name which in turn was based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, is a musical comedy drama about a Jewish dairyman, Tevye, and his family living in the Pale of Settlement in 1905. At 179 minutes, Fiddler on the Roof is longer than I remembered it being (and longer than it should be). The film is poorly paced; its aesthetic has not aged well; and many elements would not hold up well against serious critical scrutiny. Fiddler on the Roof, though, is filled with memorable songs and scenes, and is easy to enjoy with the right expectations.

Would see.

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