Doctor Zhivago – 1965 – English
Adventures film directed in 1965 by David Lean, and starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, Tom Courtenay, Ralph Richardson, Siobhan McKenna, Rita Tushingham, Geoffrey Keen, Bernard Kay, Jack MacGowran, Adrienne Corri, Wolf Frees, Gwen Nelson, Noel Willman, Gerard Tichy, Klaus Kinski, Jeffrey Rockland, José María Caffarel, Tarek Sharif, Mark Eden, Erik Chitty, Lucy Westmore, Virgilio Teixeira…
Synopsis: During the Russian Revolution, Dr. Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father’s suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar (Julie Christie), who has been having an affair with her mother’s lover, Victor Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin). But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites.
Review: David Lean’s “Doctor Zhivago” is a classic film, one that will live on as long as their are films. There are scenes in this movie that will invariably become indelibly etched in the viewers imagination: The opening funeral march through the vast Siberian landscape, the grandeur of the Czarist Russian palaces, the march of the revolutionaries through the Moscow boulevards, the train ride straight out of Dante’s Inferno, the Ice-covered interior of the Zhivago country estate (a truly magical moment in the film), the wealth of beauty captured in the cinematography of this film is astonishing.
Julie Christie’s Lara is one of those great screen personas–she becomes a woman of such mysterious beauty. The final scene of Yuri’s desperate attempt to reach her in the crowded Soviet Moscow is heartbreaking. And that music score! The opening film credits with Jarre’s genuinely beautiful music, complete with balalaikas sets the mood for this great, grand entertainment. One of the best ever!