Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1971. The Mirisch Production Company, Cartier Productions. Screenplay by Joseph Stein, adapted for the screen by Tommy Abbott, based on the play by Joseph Stein, adapted from the stories by Sholom Aleichem, with special arrangement with Arnold Perl. Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Produced by Norman Jewison. Music by Jerry Bock. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle. Costume Design by Joan Bridge, Elizabeth Haffenden. Film Editing by Antony Gibbs, Robert Lawrence. Academy Awards 1971. Golden Globe Awards 1971.
Russian Jews at the turn of the century live a peaceful, idyllic life until the modern world threatens to change everything. Topol is excellent as the farmer Tevye, father to three daughters who find marriage in places he’d never hoped they would: one marries the man she loves and not the one who can take care of her financially, another marries a Christian Orthodox man. Facing him at the same time is the growing fear all Jews in Russia feel while revolution threatens to erupt all across the nation. Adapted from Sholom Alecheim’s Tevye’s Daughters, the film features beautiful cinematography and a gorgeous score by Jerry Bock (scored for the film by John Williams). It’s extremely long and will bore the less patient viewer, but musical enthusiasts should enjoy it.