Isaac Stern
'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Lawrence of Arabia' for the holidays
'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Lawrence of Arabia' for the holidays

Two kinds of cinematic traditions can be celebrated in the coming weeks, starting with the annual Christmas Eve "Fiddler on the Roof" sing-along dreamed up by the Laemmle chain and now expanding to no less than six theaters. The Broadway musical, based on the classic Tevye stories by preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was made into an Oscar-winning film (for Oswald Morris' cinematography and John Williams' score) in 1971 that boasts Isaac Stern playing violin on the soundtrack. The Laemmles provide lyric sheets for the Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick songs, so you can sing along with the irrepressible Topol and the irreplaceable Molly Picon on classics such as...