How will 'Les Miserables' compare to these classics?
19. 'Fiddler on the Roof'
We don't remember this now, but Norman Jewison casting Original London Tevye Topol over Original Broadway Tevye Zero Mostel was a massive controversy. Among people who care about such things. In retrospect, Topol's more grounded, organic take on the tradition-loving milkman was a better fit with Jewison's surprisingly gritty take on the beloved Bock-Harnick-Stein musical. Yes, there are stylized moments like "Tevye's Dream," but the film's most memorable sequences take place in the impressively authentic locations in Yugoslavia, which made for a perfect stand-in for Anatevka. Oswald Morris earned his cinematography Oscar.
- Daniel Fienberg