Cinema: Last of the Dinosaurs

Fiddler on fhe Roof now joins the company of Star!, Hello, Dolly!, Paint Your Wagon and Dr. Dolittle—the last, lumbering dinosaurs from the era of big-budget musicals. The qualities that have kept the Broadway Fiddler running these seven years are in scant supply onscreen. Gone with barely a trace are warmth, joy, insight and even the most elementary kind of entertainment. The story of Tevye, the milkman of a small village in czarist Russia around the time of the pogroms, his nagging wife and his nubile daughters, is a modest affair requiring intimate...

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