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Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen

Presented by California Film Institute at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael CA

May 20 2022
Jun 02 2022
Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen

How the experience of making “Fiddler on the Roof” deepened director Norman Jewison as an artist

The fall of 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof, the film Pauline Kael (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 behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with 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 deepened Jewison as an artist and revived his soul.


$12.50 – General
$9.00 – Senior • Youth • Matinée
$7.00 – CFI Members

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Daily, through Thu 5/26:  4:15 pm
Daily, through Thu 5/26:  7:15 pm

Daily, Fri 5/27 through Thu  6/2:  4:00 pm
Daily, Fri 5/27 through Wed 6/1:  7:00 pm



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