For those of you who don’t already know it, I absolutely love the movie “Fiddler on the Roof”. For me, it’s more than a movie; it’s a home movie that my Grandma Lena’s family might have taken if they had video cameras and awesome singing and dancing skills back in her little Russian village a hundred years ago.
Today while having lunch I felt like listening to the soundtrack of “Fiddler on the Roof” but I knew Aurora would have trouble enjoying it if she couldn’t “see” the story. Luckily, the whole movie is on YouTube, so we sat back and started watching it. I knew that we’d never make it as far as the progrom scene, so I wasn’t worried about the violence. I stopped the show every once in a while to explain to her what was going on. She understandably had a lot of questions, for example, why do the sons go to school, but the daughters do housework? I used the phrase “a long time ago, people used to…” a lot in my explanations. I was surprised that after each 10-minute clip, she kept asking for more (usually live action films are “too boring”). She made it to the song “L’Chaim” before she gave up and went to go colouring.
Later, as we were walking to the store, I asked her what she thought about the movie. She pondered the question for a while before saying, “I thought it was good, but I had a lot of trouble understanding what they were saying.” She went on, “Maybe that’s because it took place back in medieval times and their accents were different then.” : )