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Sat Feb 18, 2012, 02:59 PM

I've been watching Fiddler on the Roof for about the fifth or sixth time…

It’s a wonderful, terrifying movie about the world in flux, the world about to explode, tradition against modernity, heartache and sorrow and the possibility of tomorrow.

And the music is top notch as well.

As I watch this movie I hear my father’s voice in the background, not the father who I knew for a few short years, but the father that was drinking his way into hate and prejudice, telling me the Jews own everything, the control Hollywood.

His family is from that part of the world, the part of Central Europe where the boundaries of Ukraine and Poland flowed back and forth for centuries, where the Jewish folks were always treated as second or third class people.

Whenever he would get in those dark moods I would say that yes Dad, the Jewish people are in the entertainment business, but when they started in, show business was looked down upon and no respectable person would want to choose that as a way to make a living.

I have no proof of this; I just concocted the argument to shut him up.

He was also the same man that wouldn’t let us watch the 60’s sit com called Julia which featured African American actress Dyane Carroll as a widowed nurse with a small boy. It was a gentle nudge designed to start featuring minorities on the networks.

Anyway, I digress.

FOTR is such an interesting look at fast things can change, how outside pressures inserts it selves in even the most isolated communities.

That part of the movie where Tevye is warned by the local Russian Apparatchik that a Pogrom is coming. When it comes on the night of the Tevye’s daughter’s wedding; my heart breaks. When the Apparatchik shows up to stop the violence inside the wedding, he is so sad and says what all people who follow; it was my orders…

I think about all the barriers we construct to define ourselves only to find that we exclude far more than we include.

But now and then, a moment comes along and pulls us together.

What I take from the movie is to treasurer those moments that you have as best you can and to try to find how to accept all those things that happens to us that we cannot control.

Maybe we are in one of those times that we have to pull together. We have to look at ourselves and say is this really what we want for our future?

I know people always say that elections are important, some more than others. But this election is one of those life changing moments for our country.

Make no mistake about it, if Rick Santorum get’s himself elected, we will see more turmoil and I fear violence as one part of the country looks toward their traditions for protection and the other looks ahead to the future.

As Tevye turns to meet his future, there is an optimistic lilt in the air. He had someplace to go, he was heading off to the New World in New York.

The best place we have to go is the Voting Booth to make sure the people so intent on resurrecting the fifth century are defeated.

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Reply I've been watching Fiddler on the Roof for about the fifth or sixth time… (Original post)
WCGreen Feb 2012 OP
onehandle Feb 2012 #1
COLGATE4 Feb 2012 #2
RKP5637 Feb 2012 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2012 #4
BootinUp Feb 2012 #5
WCGreen Feb 2012 #6
Warpy Feb 2012 #7
grasswire Feb 2012 #8
NNN0LHI Feb 2012 #9
lunatica Feb 2012 #10
Dragonbreathp9d Feb 2012 #11

Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 03:04 PM

1. One of my favorites. I saw it with my family when it came out in 1971.

Cemented my love of musicals. The emotion of the film was overwhelming.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 03:04 PM

2. At least Tevye had the option

of leaving his shtetl and moving to New York. Where do we go now?

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 03:05 PM

3. K&R !!! n/t

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 03:09 PM

4. It's a fantastic, wonderful movie...

A musical with bite...

And a big heart.

And yes, the music is top-notch.

Barriers ...we build them to protect ourselves........from what?

Barriers are for the fearful. For those who do not trust the world...for those who see the world through distorted lenses. For those who would return our country to the fifth century...

We are progressives, and we want our country to grow in beauty, in equality, with opportunity and freedom for all. There is no room for exclusions or fearfulness for us...

Great post, Chris...

Thank you.



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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 03:10 PM

5. interesting analogy, great movie, scary nightmare...nt

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Response to BootinUp (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 04:07 PM

6. the bittersweet sadness of Sun Rise, Sun Set....

captures the essence, to me at least, of the Jewish outlook on life.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 04:13 PM

7. I was looked down on even in the 60s

when I did stage lighting as "ugh, show people." Landlords didn't want us for some weird reason (hey, we were gone most evenings and at the workshop during the day and fell into bed and slept like rocks when we got home, we were ideal tenants) and suburban types treated us like we had leprosy unless they were trying to get a kid on the stage.

I can't imagine what it must have been like 80 years earlier and only "fallen women" went into the business, seamstresses to chanteuses.

So yeah, you were spot on. They went into showbiz for the same reason they'd gone into the lending business in the Middle Ages: good Christians felt it all beneath them.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 04:27 PM

8. that movie actually shaped a young person in my family

He's now a sophomore at university, studying Russian and history, and will spend next year in St. Petersburg immersed in Russian language. He adored FOTR. In his gap year, he went to Eastern Europe by himself, backpacking, speaking no Russian. Started in February in Kiev; had many experiences.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 04:43 PM

9. Same thing if Mitt Romney get’s himself elected

Anyone who doesn't realize this is only whistling past the graveyard.

Don

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 04:50 PM

10. In times of change you can

fear it because you will lose all that's familiar and keep change at bay for a while, or you can embrace the possibilities and the potentials that come with change and be part of the dynamics of that change.

I think most people experience both.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 03:48 AM

11. I would dahdydahdyda-

All! Day! Long!

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