How ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Made it to Hollywood

How ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Made it to Hollywood

Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen (2022) captures a bygone era of early television and blockbuster Hollywood musicals. It also shines a light on the incredible career of filmmaker Norman Jewison. 

Jewison had critical success over more than three decades, but his crowning achievement might be bringing the famous musical Fiddler on the Roof to the big screen. Legendary film critic Pauline Kael called Fiddler the most powerful movie musical ever made. 

Award-winning and Oscar nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim, the director of Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, joins us to share the unlikely story behind this iconic American film.

“Like so many millions of people who learn about Jewish culture and history through “Fiddler on the Roof,” I was completely captivated by the music, the story and the production design.” – Daniel Raim

Time Stamps:

00:00 – The trailer for Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen.
03:45 – What it’s about and where you can watch the film.
05:43 – The cultural phenomenon of the movie muscal Fiddler on the Roof.
07:45 – What makes the story so relatable to people. 
10:20 – Who Norman Jewison was and what made his films so powerful.
13:19 – The collaboration of musicians behind Fiddler on the Roof
16:38 – The importance of set design in the film.
18:15 – The extent of Robert Boyle’s attention to detail.
24:19 – Norman Jewison’s skill at picking actors and making them feel comfortable.
28:43 – What inspired Daniel to create a documentary about the iconic film. 
31:54 – The key differences between theatrical and movie versions of Fiddler on the Roof.
36:09 – How Daniel gained access to the archival footage of Norman directing.
41:00 – Different short docs Daniel has made and the feature he is now working on.


Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen (2022)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Moonstruck (1987)
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)
MovieMaker Magazine
Innersound Audio
Alamo Pictures

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