Une somptueuse fresque mélodramatique entre trémolos larmoyants, émotions garanties et battements de coeur fréquents. Hormis une médiocre dimension politique, le film reste un agréable divertissement familiale souvent somptueux, difficilement ressenti dans son intégralité sur le petit écran d'une télévision... www.cinefiches.com
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.
Crams the events of February to October together in one sentence which is a historical compression of massive size yet Lean's subtle anarchist introspection into the characters is masterful to a degree that isn't to be expected from a massive scale Hollywood production this size. When it comes to characters, Omar Sharif gives a master performance as a man who can't bring himself to live his life.
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
Great editing at times, great direction (Lean 'the epic king'), and top notch performances elevate what otherwise might be a bit of a chore to sit through. There are tendencies of self indulgence, a bland story at bloated length, and sets that are very drab and bleak. All of these should turn the viewer away, but somehow it all works. Career defining for Christie and Sharif, and top 5 for Lean. 4 very solid stars.
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.
The tumult of revolution, a grand love affair, magnificent sets and landscapes, death and violence; but for all that really quite bloodless and dull dramatically, and unconvincing as in any way a Russian saga. Rod Steiger and Klaus Kinski, going against type by resisting the urge to chew the whole of Russia, come out with most credit.