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TevyeMonday, April 7, 2014 6:30 pm
We presented a rare screening of Tevye, the 1939 non-musical film version of the Sholem Aleichem story that inspired Fiddler on the Roof. A post-screening discussion was led by arts critic Andrew Patner.
Tevye was the first non-English language film to be named “culturally significant” and selected for preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress.
In Yiddish with English subtitles. The film was provided by The National Center for Jewish Film.
Andrew Patner is critic-at-large for 98.7WFMT Chicago and wfmt.com, as well as the opera critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. About the character of Tevye he says, "He is a window to the world of our fathers (and mothers) and our own perceptions of that world. In print, on stage, in film, in any language, and with or without music, he is a fascinating everyman-plus, the centerpiece of the Fiddler phenomenon and yet still himself."