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Directed by Maurice Schwartz

USA | 93 minutes | 1939

Yiddish with English subtitles

Of all the characters in modern Jewish fiction, the most beloved is Tevye, the compassionate, irrepressible, Bible-quoting father of seven daughters, a modern Job whose wisdom, humor, and resilience inspired the lead character in Fiddler on the Roof. This award-winning Yiddish feature film, starring the renowned actor Maurice Schwartz, is a direct adaptation from Shalom Aleichem’s original play centering on Tevye and the Dairyman’s daughter who falls in love with the son of a Ukrainian peasant. Her courtship and marriage pit Tevye’s love for his daughter against his deep-seated faith and loyalty to tradition. The clash between tradition and modernity, parental authority and love, customs and enlightenment are heightened by the antisemitism of the rural community. Those who know Fiddler on the Roof will be as moved by this dramatic adaptation — with dialogue that will delight anyone who has an affinity for Yiddish language and culture. Tevye was the first non-English film to be added to the Library of Congress’s prestigious American Film Registry and will be shown in a brand-new restoration.

Director Maurice Schwartz
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 1939
Language(s) Yiddish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 93 minutes
Principal Cast Maurice Schwartz, Miriam Riselle, Rebecca Weintraub

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