Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

Documentary 88 min
Saturday, July 23
1:00pm
Sunday, July 24
4:00pm
Play

The Fall of 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof, the film Pauline Kael of 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 rare behind-the-scenes footage, original storyboards, and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Norman Jewison, Topol (Tevye), 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.

Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen is as wondrous, buoyant and heartwarming as the film it celebrates.” — Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
directed by
Daniel Raim
written by
Daniel Raim, Michael Sragow
with
Robert F. Boyle, Jeff Goldblum, Rosalind Harris
country
United States