Turbulent were the times and fiery was the love story of Zhivago, his wife and the passionate, tender Lara.
Two protagonists love each other, but because of their current situation, cannot find a way to be together.
Two protagonists love each other, but because of their current situation, cannot find a way to be together.
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I first saw Dr. Zhivago when I was 15 back in the mid-70’s. I had the good fortune to see it as a 70mm blowup on a really big screen. To put it simply, I fell in love. I fell in love with David Lean, and I fell, head over heels, with Julie Christie. I've watched it from time to time over the years, and have always been swept away. This re-watch was no different, and the sumptuous BluRay reminded me of my first viewing.
Everything about Doctor Zhivago screams epic. Freddie Young’s brilliant and breathtaking cinematography, John Box, Terence Marsh, and Dario Simoni’s gorgeous to gritty sets, and of course Maurice Jarre’s moving score. The film is so engaging.…
As a massive Lawrence of Arabia fan, I was extremely disappointed by this. I genuinely don’t understand what is driving the plot forward. I have no interest in the characters, or where they end up. There’s some pretty shots in it but overall, extremely boring. It took me a couple days to get through.
If this review is boring, I’m sorry but at least it’s not as long as Dr. Zhivago.
Hi everybody, just rewatched this masterpiece from director Sir David Lean, father of epic movie. A timeless classic, much bigger as you dare to believe. The story is clear I guess: Russian doctor, Zhivago, falls in love with a girl while himself is married to an other woman. This triangular relationship sets in front of the First World War and the following Russian Revolution.
The film has all the big heartbreak moments, we all know too well nowadays, but they still work a lot better in this movie, 1965, as in most of the films today. The story is nothing really new, it doesn’t matter if you switch the love story on board of the „Titanic“ or in the U.S.…
My memory of the Pasternak is that of a pretty snobby teen but I recall a rather personal, searching story that really embraced both the intellectual excitement and individual hazards of revolution and emphasized political and spiritual redemption in the face of a world that often rewarded those things with harsh brutality. Lean's movie -- and hardly by accident -- is "merely" characteristically sweeping and romantic, not to mention a gorgeous and handsomely mounted epic, but it's also mostly just about a guy who can't choose between two women (the metaphor not unwelcomly more literalized) while war happens in the background, and there's some vaguely anti-Soviet stuff to keep things contemporaneously upstanding.
David Lean’s epic romantic drama against the backdrop of a nation sentenced to a perpetual winter under an incessant tyrannical authority features numerous technical components which are difficult to transcend. Cinematographer Freddie Young contributes judicious qualities to the visual look of the movie, and it's maintained charmingly by Maurice Jarre’s musical score; which earned the composer his second Academy Award following his work on Lawrence of Arabia.
The screenplay adaptation by Robert Bolt has unquestionably romanticised much of the Russian revolution contained in the Boris Pasternak novel but the poignant and evocative elements of the love affair between Dr Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) and Lara Antipova (Julie Christie) functions generously enough to imbue the weaving intricacies of the substantive circumstances with a dreamlike sensibility. Doctor Zhivago is an incontestably beautiful romantic classic.
This just really wasn’t my thing, it has some excellent cinematography and scenes but overall it bored me. It was slow but did not have a complex enough story to be that slow. The theme felt very simple
I don’t even want to say this because I fear I’m going to sound melodramatic or as though I’m being hyperbolic, but Doctor Zhivago is one of the most important things to ever happen to me. This was another super long entry on AFI’s list of the greatest American films of all time, one that I was just wanting to knock out early, but Doctor Zhivago was genuinely incredible. In a lot of ways it reminds me of James Cameron’s Titanic, another one of my favorite movies, because people are likely to take issue with it in the same ways. And to be fair, it’s basically the exact same movie. But that’s what I love about it, really. Everything…
hmm. unrealistic. if the bolsheviks really saw hot bourgeois omar sharif i simply dont think they would have decided to murder them all. lenin would take one look at him in a turtleneck and decide that capitalism is actually pretty groovy
With early 20th century Russia as a backdrop, you'd think this epic romance would be exciting or interesting or not-boring. But featuring two of the most passive lovers to ever make me yawn, this was a snoozefest of epic proportions.
Why does Zhivago love Lara? Because she looks like Julie Christie was the only answer I could think of. Why does Lara love Zhivago? I suppose Omar Shariff isn't too bad looking himself, with those gushy doe eyes.
The cinematography is very good and Lean, of course, knows how to move a camera. But the dialogue is rote, the politics of early 20th century Russia, one of the most fascinating periods in human history, are rendered facile. I seriously wanted…
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Doctor Zhivago is a great movie. This was one of David Lean’s films I was most excited about watching and I went into this with high expectations. I went into this film expecting a lavish and engaging epic that would leave me in awe. While this film isn’t nearly as masterful as Lean’s other epics (Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai) it’s just as ambitious and memorable. The plot is great it’s a dramatic and grand story. The story is a timeless story of a passionate romance during a onerous time, it’s the type of story that places such an interesting idea into its audience head and that idea lingers…
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David Lean was the master of the epic simply because despite all the grandiosity, his films were about the individual. In fact, this probably works best for Doctor Zhivago, a film about a man trying to keep his individuality in a state quickly becoming more and more about the people.
The one thing about Doctor Zhivago that dampens it is that it is a film not in any hurry at all, and yet despite its slow pace it is a film that flows extraordinarily well at 3.5 hours. Every scene, even the small character ones, matter.
Of course it would be criminal not to mention another great collaboration between Lean and Freddie Young, as…
A grand romance? A war-drama? Kitsch? Who cares? Even gorehounds like me need a break — and a heavy dose of nostalgia at Christmas time.
Watching 'Zhivago as a kid, it taught me everything I need to know about politics: “Don’t play follow the leader! Political activism is just an alibi for self-righteousness, nothing else!” And not gonna lie, I still fancy Lara — "The most poetic of all actresses" (Al Pacino).
Ahhh… A classic to end all classics. To this day, 'Zhivago makes for a meditative experience as melancholic as a Siberian winter. All it takes is: 1 bottle of ice-cold vodka, 20 cigarettes and 200 minutes of soppy holiday time. Yum! This is what dreams are made of...
I found Lawerence of Arabia impressive but overwhelming. It would have been better in a theater for sure. But I’m going to give this a shot.
I know nothing going in. I used to get this mixed up with the Richard Gere movie Dr. T & the Women.
I try to avoid my phone as much as possible when watching a movie at home but an overture is always going to have me reaching for it, once again the beauty of a theater is I’d just sit and embrace the slow opening.
The scene where Zhivago goes to tend to Komarovsky and his mistress really reminded me of the scene in Eyes Wide Shut. I couldn’t find anyone mentioning it but…
Author Ivan Tolstoi claims that the CIA lent a hand to ensure that Doctor Zhivago was submitted to the Nobel Committee in its original language, in order for Pasternak to win the Nobel prize and further harm the international credibility of the Soviet Union. He repeats and adds additional details to Fetrinelli's claims that CIA operatives intercepted and photographed a manuscript of the novel and secretly printed a small number of books in the Russian language.
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David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago (1965) is combination of David Lean early romance film with his late period 1960’s epics. Set in backdrop of both World War 1 and The Russian Revolution. Which cinematographer Freddie Young’s shots environment so beautifully that Doctor Zhivago is almost a Kurosawa film. Whale Omar Sharif is great as the titular Dr. Yuri Zhivago. The two best performances in Doctor Zhivago is Garaldine Chaplin as Tonya Gromeko and Julie Christie as Lara. That Doctor Zhivago’s two family ark is when Doctor Zhivago is cooking with gas. Unfortunately to me Doctor Zhivago doesn’t justify the films over there hours running time. Which is large issue with Doctor Zhivago in this rewatch. To conclude if have half a day Doctor Zhivago would be great double feature with Warren Beatty’s Red (1981).
So much trudging through the snow. Every estate sale I’ve ever been to has this soundtrack on vinyl.
A brilliantly photographed and sweepingly romantic epic featuring a sweeping narrative, interesting characters and charismatic performances.
Not even sure whether the bolsheviks or mensheviks were worse. They don’t make movies like this anymore 😿
“Doctor Zhivago” was a wonderful adaptation of a film which showcased life in Russia around World War I! It tells the tales of a great physician, Dr. Yuri Zhivago who is torn between two lovers his wife Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin) and Larissa “Lara” (Julie Christie)! The narrator is his brother General Yevarat Zhivago who’s on a quest to find his niece and with her the story of his brother! There’s a questions of the paternity as to whether or not she really is Zhivago’s offspring (with his lover Lara Antipova) but the young lady never met her father and only have unclear memories of her mother! Yet, in the end, there’s a symbol/a gift/a talent that we received which will answer this question! Moreover, I love the original score, “Somewhere My Love, Lara’s Theme”!
Got no patience, 'cause I'm not a doctor
"This is an awful time to be alive."
The highest compliment I can give to this three-hour-twenty-minute-long movie is when it ended I immediately wanted to watch it again.
It's incredibly... easy to watch. Which is wild considering it juggles a lot of characters across one of the geographically largest countries on Earth during one of the most chaotic and brutal periods in history.
There are some things that are weird...
I don't completely buy the Yuri/Lara romance. Listen, it's fine! But Lara, necessarily, disappears for, like, full third. And, I don't know, it doesn't feel like it's completely sold as a Romance for the Ages that's willing to go through all this grief.
In fact, the romance functions…
After months of hard slogging, I have finally made my way through Pasternak’s novel, so on this long-weekend Sunday afternoon it was time to watch “Doctor Zhivago” on film. There are apparently quite a few movie and series adaptations, but David Lean’s version seems to be the most famous and acclaimed.
It really takes a lot of author’s licence, and is a much abbreviated story (thank goodness!) so who’s to let these minor quibbles get in the way of a great movie.
David Lean gives us another sweepingly beautiful movie, with classic big vistas, gorgeous cinematography (there seems to be a liking for filming through icy windows and of reflections in mirrors) and a haunting memorable theme song.
Great cinematography aside, Doctor Zhivago sadly did very little to grab me. It never justified its nearly 3.5-hour long runtime, making the film feel like a slog. It doesn't help that I never found myself invested in the characters. I get why it's a classic, but it unfortunately wasn't for me.
In director David Lean's defense though, it's extremely hard to follow up two Best Picture winners.
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