Fiddler on the roof (1971)
Norman Jewison, Director


With hauntingly lovely songs like "sunrise sunset" "matchmaker"
"if I were a rich man" and other great favorites, this movie will
always be one of the very best ever made. I cannot imagine that
anyone has yet to see it and I think all libraries should be
adequately stocked with many copies of it until some day when
some generous soul might offer it on the Internet for global
access at reasonable public domain licence acquisition cost to
the patrons involved in some well meaning project to reduce cost
of access to such monuments of culture as this is to the Jewish
peoples in particular. The preservation of romantic ideals amid
an atmosphere of retention of old ways of observing boundaries
will long be debated as a watershed of sorts for cultures that
have been assailed in this respect and in any event referring to
those who have evolved away from the traditional and have chosen
this path instead as a matter of conscience leaving those others
who are equally committed to old ways based on religious
conviction which often go to the very core of their belief systems
as a sense of personhood for each and everyone involved. 

Michael Rizzo Chessman