Written by the famous Russian folklore author Sholem Aleichem, the film adaptation is based on a traditional tale that was also developed for the stage as the musical and film ‘Fiddler on the Roof’’.
Originally conceived as a dramatic tragic-comedy, Tevye is the tale of a poor Jewish man and his family of seven daughters who lived in a small Ukrainian village during the late 19th century. This was a time of poverty, hardship and a reign of persecution known as the ‘Pogroms’.
Tevye is a simple man, warm and kind hearted whose faith is constantly tested by life and so he often turns to God for advice and to complain. One day in repayment for a good deed the life of his family is transformed by the gift of a cow and he becomes Tevye the Milkman.
Wonderfully portrayed by Samuel Rodenski who had been responsible for creating the character for the original stage production of the musical. The actor who later became famous for this role was Topol, Rodenski’s understudy! His performance is timeless, often emotional, filled with wisdom and humour. The film also features actor Peter Van Eyck as the local Christian priest.
Filmed on 32mm within Israel & Tunisia Tevye has a wonderful orchestral score composed by acclaimed Hollywood composer Dov Seltzer.
An English version is currently being prepared for digital distribution
The Missing Link
A French-Belgian co-production, “The Missing Link” is a feature length cartoon conceived and directed by the highly acclaimed cartoonist PICHA. It portrays his unique style of drawing combined with his sense of satirical humour.
The story is about the genesis of man. The missing link is the tie between man and beast, the inventor of the skills used by the human race to dominate the World. Far from being the favourite in the race of evolution, man was a bit of a loser and an unlikely contender to win but then along came OH…
From the director of “Shame of the Jungle” (the alternative Tarzan story), “The Missing Link” is an explosive mixture of imagination, humour and burlesque. When originally released, the French & German versions won many accolades, including best cartoon.
The film features a music score and songs composed by Roy Budd, Leo Sayer and Paul Fishman with the voices of Christopher Guest, Clark Warren, Ron Venable, Bob Kaliban and Mark Smith.