TCM was showing this fine film last night, and I finally was able to share it with my daughter. It’s such a treat to share the classics with her…she recently saw Mary Poppins for the first time, and that was a hoot.
Fiddler is one of the few musicals Ivylad enjoys, and my daughter got a kick out of Tevye’s dream (to get Tzeitl out of the marriage to LazarWolf).
I imdb’d some of the actors…Leonard Frey, who played the tailor Motel, died of AIDS in 1988 , Molly Picon, who played Yente, died at the ripe old age of 93 of Alzheimer’s (she had quite the career, both before and after Fiddler) and Louis Zorich, who played the Constable and is probably best known as Burt Buchman, Paul’s father, in Mad About You, has been married to Olympia Dukakis for more than 40 years.
And, although I don’t watch the show any more, Michele Marsh (Hodel) plays a role on* Desperate Housewives*!
Last but not least, Topol has made the role of Tevye his own, both in film and on the stage. Has anyone seen him perform it on stage? I bet that’s an experience!
A classic film…and I’m so glad my daughter was able to finally see it from beginning to end. It’s like watching it for the first time, when you can share it with someone who’s never seen it before.