While studying to be a doctor in Moscow, Yuri Zhivago meets the beautiful Lara, setting in train a fateful romance that spans the early years of the Russian Revolution, during which Zhivago and Lara’s lives are turned upside down.
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The MC at the Aero looked at the audience and asked "Why did you come here?", because it had sold out that night when it hadn't before. A woman in the back shouted "We need romance!" And so we do, both with upper- and lower-case Rs. Lean's film is not without kitsch, but he created an epic of poetic contrasts instead of action, a film about those who don't "make history" but suffer it, leaving behind nothing but art.
One of the great film epics; its influence is incalculable & its storytelling masterful. It may not be historically accurate but its depiction of the Bolshevik Revolution is emotionally true & heartbreaking. It's an indictment against all authorities & its political views shows Lean's true sympathy was with anarchy (Kinski's bit was telling). Doctor Zhivago is Lean's masterpiece & one of the grandest films ever made.
35mm, re-rating. There is no going back: the young film buff i was has considered this film a pastry, and now i consider to be one of the best possible examples of an international overproduction. Why? For example, by the articulation's dialectic of the voice off with the dialogue in, or by the scenes in which the action is off being in by the look of a watching character. In addition to Lean's ability to frame
One can only wish that films this good can one day see the light of day again. A masterpiece in every sense of the word. Omar Sharif is magnificent as the title character and Rod Steiger is brilliant. Julie Christie and Geraldine Chaplin are radiant. A film that should be remembered for all time. David Lean is the one director who mastered the epic!
I hated this film the first time I saw it but I was young and unwise. I just saw it again and it took my breath away. It's no Lawrence and it is still a mite confusing for those who aren't students of history but the cinematography is extraordinary in a way that I haven't seen in ages. Zhivago is still a horny philanderer. That much hasn't changed since I was a kid.
A sumptuously produced romance set against the mad pageant of history, and it just fails to come to life somehow -- there's something missing, it is all just a little too cool and observed rather than lived.
David Lean, renowned Scopemeister generale and (due to collaborations with Young) cinematographic extraordinaire, whose calling card is both his strength and weakness as an auteur. The exposition is at points unnecessary and languorous - a stricter editor could have transformed Zhivago into a masterpiece.