fiddler on the roof
the year: 1971
the genre: musical
the cast: Topol (Tevye); Norma Crane (Golde); Leonard Frey (Motel); Molly Picon (Yente); Paul Mann (Lazar Wolf); Rosalind Harris (Tzeitel); Michele marsh (Hodel); Neva Small (Chava)
the plot: Tevye the Milkman is a Jewish peasant in pre-Revolutionary Russia, coping with the day-to-day problems of 'shtetl' life, his Jewish traditions, his family (wife and daughters), and state-sanctioned pogroms.
don't miss: Teyve's dream.
listen for: "Money is the world's curse." "May the Lord smite me with it. And may I never recover."
did you know: to get the look he wanted for the film, director Norman Jewison told Director of Photography Oswald Morris to shoot the film in an earthy tone. Morris saw a woman wearing brown nylon hosiery, thought "That's the tone we want," asked the woman for the stockings on the spot, and shot the entire film with a stocking over the lens. The weave can be detected in some scenes.
extra bonus points: if you know where Tevye's cart-horse came from.
also listen for: "A blessing for the Tsar? Of course! May God bless and keep the Tsar... far away from us!"
and for your sing-a-long pleasure - all together now: