Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, a documentary film directed by Daniel Raim (Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story) will have its New York release on April 29 at the Angelika Film Center, and Los Angeles release on May 6 at Laemmle Royal. A national release will follow.
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.
The Fall of 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof, the film Pauline Kael of The New Yorker called “the most powerful movie musical ever made.”
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim puts us in the director’s chair and in Jewison’s heart and mind, drawing on rare behind-the-scenes footage, original storyboards, and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Norman 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 deepens Jewison as an artist and revives his soul.
The documentary which had its World Premiere at the 33rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is co-written by Michael Sragow and Daniel Raim, and produced by Daniel Raim and Sasha Berman.
Watch the official trailer for Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen.