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Doctor Zhivago
- Alec Guinness

Overview - David Lean's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is an exploration of the Russian Revolution as seen from the point of view of the intellectual, introspective title character (Omar Sharif). As the political landscape changes, and the Czarist regime comes to an end, Dr.  Read more...

 
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Overview

David Lean's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is an exploration of the Russian Revolution as seen from the point of view of the intellectual, introspective title character (Omar Sharif). As the political landscape changes, and the Czarist regime comes to an end, Dr. Zhivago's relationships reflect the political turmoil raging about him. Though he is married, the vagaries of war lead him to begin a love affair with the beautiful Lara (Julie Christie). But he cannot escape the machinations of a band of selfish and cruel characters: General Strelnikov (Tom Courtenay), a Bolshevik General; Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), Lara's former lover; and Yevgraf (Alec Guinness), Zhivago's sinister half-brother. This epic, sweeping romance, told in flashback, captures the lushness of Moscow before the war and the violent social upheaval that followed. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak.

Awards:
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

John Box
Carlo Ponti - Italian Director/Producer
Adrienne Corri - Actress/International
Klaus Kinski - Polish Actor/In Germany
Claus Gunther Nakszynski - Polish Actor/In Germany
Ralph Richardson - British Actor
Sir Ralph Richardson - British Actor
Julie Christie - British actress, DR. ZHIVAGO, HEAVEN CAN WAIT
Omar Sharif - Egyptian actor, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
Michael Shalhoub - Egyptian actor, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
Rod Steiger - American actor, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Rodney Stephen Steiger - American actor, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Geoffrey Keen - British Character Actor
Maurice Jarre - Composer, GHOST (1990)
Siobhan McKenna - Irish actress, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
Noel Willman - British Director/Actor
Tom Courtenay - British actor, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
Terence Marsh - Prod. Designer/Writer
Dario Simoni - Set Decorator
Norman Savage - Editor\"Doctor Zhivago"
Phyllis Dalton
Boris Pasternak - Russian Novelist
David Lean - British Director/Producer/Editor, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Sir David Lean - British Director/Producer/Editor, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Alec Guinness - British Actor, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
Sir Alec Guinness - British Actor, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
Rita Tushingham - British Actress, THE KNACK...AND HOW TO GET IT (1965)
Geraldine Chaplin - American actress, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
Eddie Fowlie - Set Decorator
Robert Bolt - Screenwriter/Playwright
Freddie Young - British Director Of Photography
Frederick A. Young - British Director Of Photography
F. A. Young - British Director Of Photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 191
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929120345
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: March 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Politics
War
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Notes:
Shot in Panavision. Co-produced by Carlo Ponti Productions. Writer Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for his novel, but refused to accept the award. Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein's film "Potemkin" provided inspiration for David Lean, who allegedly based the massacre scenes in "Zhivago" on that revolutionary classic. Originally rated MPAA GP. DVD Special Features: "Making-Of" Featurette, New Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack, Dual-Layer Format for Interruption Free Playback, 8-Page Trivia Booklet, and Special Reissue Trailer.

Reviews:
"...Breathtaking..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - 03/01/2000 Total Film, p.86


"...Rod Steiger gives one of the performances of his career..." - 04/07/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.31


"...It influenced fashion and inspired men to grow mustaches....It also launched a best-selling soundtrack album of Maurice Jarre's score and made a superstar of Julie Christie..." - 11/09/2001 USA Today, p.4E


"...Hollywood's last great romantic epic....A Panavision marvel of snow-swept vistas, ice-glazed architecture, and elegantly choreographed legions of extras..." - 11/09/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.87


"...Unabashedly romantic and beloved by moviegoers around the world. Omar Sharif became an international superstar with his performance..." - 11/02/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C27


"[T]he cast is aces across the board....Even better: cinematographer Freddie Young's wide-screen shots, which capture the snowy steppes with the same haunting beauty he found in the desert on Lean's previous film..." - 05/07/2010 Entertainment Weekly


4 stars out of 5 -- "It boasts huge sets and great epic scenes....Lean delivers the heavy breathing through his choreography of extras, extraordinary cinematography and a stirring score." - 06/01/2010 Empire

 
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