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1,958 Ratings

Doctor Zhivago

Directed by David Lean
United States, Italy, 1965
Drama, Romance, War


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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Doctor Zhivago Directed by David Lean

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1966 | 5 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1966 | 5 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

Sprawling over three painfully slow hours and including both an overture and an intermission, Lean’s bombastic, prestige panorama offers little case for its masterpiece status on formal, dramatic and even superficial emotional grounds.
November 26, 2015
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Lean’s superlative storytelling skills… are aided and abetted by his gift for choosing just the right cast. Only Lean could cast an Egyptian as a Russian doctor and make it work. And then there’s the editing, with some of the most exhilarating scene transitions in his filmography (such as the famous clank/streetcar edit singled out by Spielberg). Though Lean’s latter films are studded with brilliant moments, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is his last great film.
December 20, 2013
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The Warner Home Video restoration of David Lean’s 1965 epic Doctor Zhivago is a thrill to behold in the high-definition Blu-ray format. So much so that watching it, one is apt to forget or at least ignore the problematic aspects of the film. And despite those, there’s a real mastery at work here of the sort that’s bracing to revisit today.
April 30, 2010
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