Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen
Wed 06 July / Pálás 2 / 20:30
2022 / United States / 88 min / Documentary
The fall of 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof, the film Pauline Kael (The New Yorker) called “the most powerful movie musical ever made”. Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen captures the humour and drama of director Norman Jewison’s quest to recreate the lost world of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia and re-envision the beloved stage hit as a wide-screen epic. The film explores how the experience of making Fiddler deepens Jewison as an artist and revives his soul.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim puts us in the director’s chair and in Jewison’s heart and mind, drawing on behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Jewison, Topol (Tevye), composer John Williams, production designer Robert F. Boyle, film critic Kenneth Turan, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and actors Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, and Neva Small (Tevye’s daughters).
Director: Daniel Raim
Writers: Daniel Raim & Michael Sragow
Producers: Daniel Raim & Sasha Berman