“The thing that we love about him is that in the face of dire poverty and dire circumstances, of.. of being forced out of your home and forced to leave, there’s a life spirit that courses through him. ” – Steven Skybell
Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary that tries to discover why the musical Fiddler on the Roof has remained magical and relevant even after more than 50 years.
My Take on it – As a fan of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, I was quite intrigued to see this documentary that tries to explain the allure of such a story.
They do an amazing job here exploring the various reasons why this musical is so popular and is still beloved around the world.
Love the choice to interview and discuss the musical with people connected with the various incarnations of this production over the past 50+ years because it allows us to see the scope of such a story.
This also helps emphasize the timelessness of the story, the characters and most importantly the message of the importance of tradition no matter one’s religion or background.
This film has some really intriguing interviews with people connected to the musical from lots of different walks of life; we get historians, musicians, cast members in various productions that have performed in different languages and most importantly some of the original players that brought the story to th stage who are still alive.
For those that have passed we also get to see interviews with family members who recount the tales of how this story got made which adds a whole new level of impact to it all.
The various snippets that we get to see of this story are all quite enjoyable to watch and they manage to show us the diversity of the productions that span so many cultures and languages while breaking barriers both on social and cultural levels which is a recurring theme both on the musical and in the real life work of this musical.
Just watching this gives me the urge to rewatch the film version of this musical.
Bottom Line – Amazing documentary that does a wonderful job exploring the reasons behind why this musical is so beloved all over the world. The choice to interview cast members from various incarnations of the musical works really well in showing the timelessness of the story, it’s characters and above all its message. The film utilizes interviews with historians, musicians and even some of the originators of the musical who are still with us and with the children of those who no longer are here which gives the story an even greater impact. The snippets from the various versions of the story are all engaging and help show the diversity of the story which breaks language, social and even cultural barriers with its recurring theme. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Since Fiddler on the Roof opened on September 22, 1964, the show has been performed every day.. Somewhere around the world…. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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