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'Fiddler on the Roof'

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By Chang Se-moon

One of my all-time favorite movies is "Fiddler on the Roof" of 1971, which won the best motion picture and best actor awards from Golden Globe and best music and many more at the Oscars in 1972.

On Dec. 14, 2019, my lady friend, Anne Martin, took me to the National Theater in Washington, D.C., to see a live performance of the musical version of "Fiddler on the Roof," which was just as excellent as the movie.

The story is relatively simple, allowing me to follow rather easily.

Set in 1905, Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman, lives in a small Russian village with wife Golde and five daughters Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze and Bielke. In the beginning, the story is all about Tevye's losing efforts to preserve tradition, especially in selecting future husbands for their daughters.

Yente, the village matchmaker, comes to tell Golde that Lazar Wolf, the wealthy butcher, a widower older than Tevye, wants to marry Tzeitel, their eldest daughter. Parents agree to the marriage, but Tzeitel wants to, and eventually, marries her childhood friend, Motel the tailor, against the wishes of her parents.

Three of their elder daughters select their own matches against the wishes of their........

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