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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Rated Parental Guidance

(Mature Theme) 93 minutes

Dir: Max Lewkowicz, US, 2019
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fran Lebowitz, Itzhak Perlman, Harold Prince

“With its tale of an optimistic milkman grappling with the slow erosion of his faith, his community and even his identity as his five daughters push back against his cultural expectations, Fiddler On The Roof was one of the more thematically complex Broadway smashes of the 60s – and, perhaps more important, an unapologetically Jewish production in a sea of more white-bread offerings. Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles tackles the show’s 55-year legacy, and it’s a theatre kid’s paradise – a celebration of an American perennial that offers something richer and more meaningful than a few backstage stories and testimonials from famous fans. But don’t worry, it has those, too. Lewkowicz draws from an all-star assortment of celebrity guests to explain the show’s lasting appeal, and he makes that case with footage from multiple productions... And just as the show does, the doc finds the very Jewish anxiety beneath all the joyful singing and dancing, demonstrating precisely why a generation raised in the shadow of the Holocaust embraced the musical like a long-lost relative from the old country. But the show’s appeal went well beyond that. Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein found something elemental in their shtetl setting... Anatevka could be any small town, or any community of outsiders... And the core theme of a people trying to keep their culture alive in the face of persecution certainly speaks to the current political moment as well as it did half a century ago. Maybe even more so.” - Norman Wilner, Now Magazine