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Doctor Zhivago / Dr Zhivago

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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
7.61 /10
Omar Sharif, Julie Christie , Tom Courtenay
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Directed by: David Lean
Written by: Robert Bolt . From the novel by Boris Pasternak.

Released: 1965
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 192

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"Robert Bolt, condensing and smoothing for the purposes of the screenplay, has caught something of the helplessness of the human creature in that storm in history... Lean contributes a few extraordinary moments: Zhivago's capture by the partisans; the fight in the cornfields and the machine gunning of the White Russians. Yet sometimes one can't help recalling The Battleship Potemkin or Chapayev and the recollection is not to the advantage of the new film... The individuals sometimes appear bloodless."
(Dilys Powell)
"This is the point at which most reviewers began scrambling off the Lean bandwagon, while I hung on until the next stop - the lamentable Ryan's Daughter. I'm willing to concede now that I might have been wrong, but I do dearly love long lush movies, and for all its slickness I thought this was an absorbing entertainment - if not quite the "authentic" art I said it wasin the enthusiasm of the moment. I wish it were commercially feasible to make more such movies, and I worry that we are not developing the skills to carry forward the tradition of the screen spectacle. There has never been a perfect one, and that alone is sufficient reason to keep trying - especially since even the failures and the partial successes (like this one) can be such a welcome relief from the ordinary run of releases."
(Richard Schickel, Life, 1972)

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