Max Lewkowicz’s documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles teaches viewers about the history of the iconic musical Fiddler on the Roof, as well as the play’s cultural impact which still maintains its relevance to this day since first opening in 1964.
The documentary is loaded with experience. From clips of different productions to interviews with performers who still fondly remember the fundamentals of the musical, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles offers well-rounded information to all audiences. Even if you’re foggy on the play (based on stories written by Sholem Aleichem), Lewkowicz moves the film at a speed that will be appreciated by newcomers and accepted by those who are well-versed.
But much like a prevalent theme in Fiddler on the Roof, the documentary follows in tradition. Lewkowicz doesn’t give his documentary a specific style, and allows his project to blend into the cascade of docs that mostly consist of “talking heads”. While I would’ve liked to see his filmmaking match the spirited energy of past Fiddler performers, Max Lewkowicz has still made an efficient film.
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