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