*Read John Williams’ biography here
Fiddler on the Roof
Released in 1971, Fiddler on the Roof is a musical directed by Norman Jewison. Adapted from the 1964 Broadway musical, the film stars Topol in the lead role.
To quote Wikipedia, “the film centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsarr who evicts the Jews from the town of Anatevka.
The score for Fiddler on the Roof landed John Williams his first Oscar win for Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score (his was for adaptation).
I saw the movie when I was young and don’t really remember a lot about it, except for:
– the song If I was a Rich Man which I really liked, both the song and the scene (with Tevye dancing around his barn feeding his animals)
– the fiddler on the roof (which I didn’t understand at the time but now realise was used for symbolism)
– the choices Tevye had to make between his faith and his family which had a strong impact on me.
The opening theme is a fiddle solo for the first 1 min 10 sec when the orchestra comes in. I find the solo to be melancholy but when the orchestra joins in it changes and brightens into an almost dance-like jig. Did you enjoy the fiddler or are you like me and more of a If I was a Rich Man fan?