Here we are, with another movie review from our family movie night library! Have you filled up your library with some of my suggestions? If you haven’t read some of my previous reviews, check them out here. You won’t regret them!
Today we are talking about the movie Fiddler on the Roof. This is one that my husband introduced me to and has become one of my favorite musicals. The four of us in my family can frequently be seen dancing around the kitchen to the soundtrack from this film!
It was made in 1971 and stars Topol and Norma Crane. So let’s talk about it…
There are many twists and turns (and amazing songs) throughout the film but the basic idea you need to know is that the main family is a Jewish family in Russia during the early 1900s.
Tevye and his family live in a small town called Anatevka. He has five daughters and is in the midst of trying to find them good matches.
We not only get to see a glimpse of history during this time but it is really neat to see this community hold to the traditions laid out in the Old Testament of the Bible and to see how God’s people live.
There was obviously a desire for daughters to marry men of the same belief system and hopefully great enough in wealth to keep them comfortable. The difficulty arises when his daughters fall in love with “less than ideal” men and Tevye has to make some difficult decisions.
Things to think about
This is not only a lively movie with great music; there are a lot of valuable family discussions that can come from it.
Tevye has to decide between following tradition and cutting relationship strings with his daughters. Fiddler on the Roof seems to equally focus on the value of tradition and the importance of being “equally yoked” with your spouse.
The only iffy part I wanted to warn you about is that in one scene several characters get drunk. But all they do in their drunken state is sing and dance!
Check out the trailer here!
I would strongly suggest you check out this film…and let me know what you think!