Strange but true: the phrase “If I were a wealthy” from the song ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ sounds exactly the same when played backwards.
Furthermore, director Norman Jewison isn’t actually Jewish, and this lavish Hollywood epic not only stars Gladys Pugh from Hi-De-Hi but also Trigger from Only Fools And Horses.
Trivia aside, Fiddler – a classic tale of Russian Jews circa 1905 struggling to hold onto their tradition (“TRA-DIT-ION!”) in the face of tumultuous change – remains a vivid, joyous, searingly moving affair.
In a large part, it’s thanks to leading man Topol, simultaneously an immovable object and irresistible force.
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