Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen
The fall of 2021 marks 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 humor 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. 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, composer John Williams, production designer Robert F. Boyle, film critic Kenneth Turan, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and actresses Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, and Neva Small (Tevye's daughters). The film explores how the experience of making "Fiddler" deepens Jewison as an artist and revives his soul.
Robert F. Boyle, Jeff Goldblum, Rosalind Harris
- "The documentary FIDDLER'S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN is as wondrous, buoyant and heartwarming as the film it celebrates."
- Los Angeles Times
- "The best part of a documentary like FIDDLER'S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN is how it peeks into the thinking of those rare people who can piece together the impossible movie jigsaw puzzle, in order to show us our world, our community, our families, and ourselves."
- "While it may have started as a spellbinding evening of theater, what Raim’s unfussy, handsomely mounted documentary reinforces is that film is its own spiritually transporting medium, with its own risks and rewards, and its own ability to turn the enjoyment of art into — what else? — tradition!"
- Miami Jewish Film Festival