Conclusion: 'Fiddler on the Roof' is remembered well, and as time has passed it has become something of a musical classic. The story is a bit tepid, but the characters are vibrant. Tevye is often hilarious. He's full of life, and so are the movie's musical numbers. The video looks well done, kudos MGM, but the audio needed some touch ups. Those syncing issues, along with that dropped line of dialogue are pretty glaring problems.
Summary: There was a time when a Broadway musical smash was pretty much guaranteed a transfer to film, even if often the film versions were radically tweaked, which sometimes included removing the songs altogether ( Fanny, Irma La Douce ). But for virtually two uninterrupted decades, one huge Broadway hit after another came to the screen, often to rapturous reviews and adoring box office.
Excerpt: Tradition! The Film Without tradition, our lives would be as unstable as a fiddler on the roof . - Tevye the Milkman Some forty years later, those prophetic words uttered by Tevye the poor milkman still ring true. There is a school of thought among some Talmudic scholars that Jewish suffering throughout the ages can be directly linked to periods in history where adherence to tradition was rather lax.