United Artists at 90 Short Film Competition
Fiddler on the Roof
Directed by Norman Jewison
Tuesday 11 March 2008
Fiddler on the Roof is the 1971 film version of the Broadway musical of the same name. It was directed by Norman Jewison. The film won three Academy Awards, including one for arranger-conductor John Williams.
It takes place in the Jewish village of Anatevka in Tsarist Russia in 1905 and centers on the character of Tevye, a poor milkman, and his daughters' marriages. As Tevye says in the introductory narration, the Jews have relied upon their traditions to maintain the stability of their way of life for centuries; but as times change, that stability is threatened on the small scale by Tevye's daughters' wishes to marry men not chosen in the traditional way by the matchmaker, and on the large scale by pogroms and revolution in Russia.
Chaim Topol … Tevye
Norma Crane … Golde
Leonard Frey … Motel Kamzoil
Molly Picon … Yente
Paul Mann … Lazar Wolf
Rosalind Harris … Tzeitel
Michele Marsh … Hodel
Neva Small … Chava
Paul Michael Glaser … Perchik
Ray Lovelock … Fyedka
Elaine Edwards … Shprintze
Candy Bonstein … Bielke
Shimen Ruskin … Mordcha
Zvee Scooler … Rabbi
Louis Zorich … Constable
Tutte Lemkow … the Fiddler (His playing was overdubbed by Isaac Stern).
- To make Topol look older, the makeup team clipped 15 white hairs from director Norman Jewison's beard and applied them to Topol's eye brows (seven on the left, eight on the right).
- To get the kind of look he wanted for the film, director Norman Jewison got Director of Photography Oswald Morris, who was famous for shooting colour films in unusual styles, to shoot the entire film with a woman's stocking placed over the lens. Morris also shot the musical number "Tevye's Dream" in sepia rather than in full colour.
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