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Doctor Zhivago [DVD] [Canadian; Anniversary Edition]

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  • David Lean's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is an exploration of the Russian Revolution as seen from the point of view of the intellectual, introspective title character (Omar Sharif). As the political landscape changes, and the Czarist regime comes to an end, Dr. Zhivago's relationships reflect the political turmoil raging about him. Though he is married, the vagaries of war lead him to begin a love affair with the beautiful Lara (Julie Christie). But he cannot escape the machinations of a band of selfish and cruel characters: General Strelnikov (Tom Courtenay), a Bolshevik General; Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), Lara's former lover; and Yevgraf (Alec Guinness), Zhivago's sinister half-brother. This epic, sweeping romance, told in flashback, captures the lushness of Moscow before the war and the violent social upheaval that followed. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak.

    Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) 1965
    Academy Awards Best Costume Design (Color) 1965
    Academy Awards Best Original Score 1965 Maurice Jarre Composer, GHOST (1990)
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1965 Freddie Young British Director Of Photography
    Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) 1965 Terence Marsh Prod. Designer/Writer
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1965 Robert Bolt Screenwriter/Playwright

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  • Credits
    Omar Sharif, Michael Shalhoub, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Alec Guinness, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay, Siobhan McKenna, Ralph Richardson, Ralph Richardson, Rod Steiger, Rodney Stephen Steiger, Rita Tushingham, Adrienne Corri, Geoffrey Keen, Noel Willman, Klaus Kinski, Claus Gunther Nakszynski
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Breathtaking..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Total Film

    "...Rod Steiger gives one of the performances of his career..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...It influenced fashion and inspired men to grow mustaches....It also launched a best-selling soundtrack album of Maurice Jarre's score and made a superstar of Julie Christie..."
    USA Today

    "...Hollywood's last great romantic epic....A Panavision marvel of snow-swept vistas, ice-glazed architecture, and elegantly choreographed legions of extras..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Unabashedly romantic and beloved by moviegoers around the world. Omar Sharif became an international superstar with his performance..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[T]he cast is aces across the board....Even better: cinematographer Freddie Young's wide-screen shots, which capture the snowy steppes with the same haunting beauty he found in the desert on Lean's previous film..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "It boasts huge sets and great epic scenes....Lean delivers the heavy breathing through his choreography of extras, extraordinary cinematography and a stirring score."
    Empire

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