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Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

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Sponsored by Manscaped! Concluding our pairing of Academy Award-winning musicals, we move ahead a decade to a completely different type of story, one that combines culture and history into one complete dancing and singing package. Directed by Normal Jewison, 1971's "Fiddler on the Roof" is a celebration of Jewish culture and tradition, but also a historical acknowledgement of a dark time in history, when Tsar Nicholas II held sway in Russia and began passing discriminatory laws prohibiting Jewish citizens from living in rural areas, or in towns of less than 10,000 people. The story follows the family of Tevya (Topol), a poor milkman who, with his wife Golde (Norma Crane), has five daughters to care and look out for. Their eldest, Tzeitel (Rosalind Harris) is of eligible age to be married, and is initially betrothed to Lazar Wolf (Paul Mann), the local butcher and widower, but is actually in love with a poor tailor, Motel (Leonard Frey), and begs her father to reconsider. He does, but his troubles are just beginning. A pogrom (an organized massacre of a particular ethnic group, in particular that of Jewish people in Russia) occurs in their town of Anatevka in the middle of Motel and Tzeitel's wedding. From there, things only get worse, as another of Tevya's daughters, Hodel (Michele Marsh) marries a Russian radical, and his middle daughter, Chava (Neve Small) marries outside the Jewish faith and is cast out of the family. All this happens around the growing anti-Jewish sentiment and the eventual forced displacement of the entire Anatevka community. A beautiful and poignant look at a sad time in history that manages to find beauty in tragedy and love in a time of unrest! Plus, the trio unveil which two western comedies will ride their way into the next pairing! Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code MANSCAPEDGEEKS at MANSCAPED.com!



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