Jan-08 8:35pm ABC2-TV: Fiddler on the Roof

December 6, 2010 by J-Wire
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In the picturesque Ukranian village of Anatevka lives Tevye, an impoverished milkman with five unmarried daughters and a sharp-tongued wife to support. As Tevye remonstrates with God for allowing his scrawny horse to go lame, and for not filling his pockets with gold, his wife, Golde, takes more direct steps towards improving their lot.

Golde consults with Yente, the village matchmaker, about the prospects of good marriages for her older daughters. Unfortunately, the daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava, don’t listen to their mother’s advice when they fall in love.

To Tevye and Golde’s amazement, Tzeitel refuses the proposal of the village butcher, considered an excellent match, and marries instead a poor tailor. And they are truly horrified when Chava leaves her religion to marry a young Christian.

But these family troubles suddenly become insignificant when the corrupt Czarist regime turns against the pious and highly moral Jews of Anatevka. As the violent castigation of the pogroms sweeps across the Ukraine, Tevye, his family, his friends and neighbours, are faced with a choice of losing their lives or losing their homeland.

Directed by Norman Jewison Fiddler On The Roof stars Chaim Topol, Norma Crane and Rosalind Harris.

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