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Doctor Zhivago - David Lean

"brimming with unforgettable imagery"

"performances in the film are extraordinary"

"an epic story of love in a Russian winter"

"an epic love story"

Doctor Zhivago with Omar Sharif and Julie Christie - Directed by David Lean

A story of love and romance told against the flaming background of the Russian Revolution. Zhivago is a poet, surgeon, husband and lover struggling for survival. Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak.
David Lean's wintry adaptation of Boris Pasternak's melodramatic Russian Revolution romance, Doctor Zhivago, is a masterpiece of epic filmmaking. Though none of the film was shot in the USSR, Lean's assured technique nevertheless illuminates the breathtaking backgrounds magnificently: from the snowy wastes of the Urals to the strife-torn streets of Moscow, Lean stages a series of wonderful set-pieces showing war, revolution and its terrible aftermath.
Any David Lean epic, even a slightly flawed one like some say this one is, is always going to be a first-class cinematic experience, and Zhivago is assuredly that.
On the DVD: A stunning anamorphic widescreen print is the ideal way to appreciate David Lean's craftsmanship and this movie's glorious, wintry cinematography. Maurice Jarre's "Lara's Theme" and the rest of his patchwork score can be heard in a music-only track.

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