"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
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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