Paramount at the Movies Presents: Doctor Zhivago [PG-13]
Movies | 05/10/2019 | 7:00PM
Winner of five Academy Awards (and nominated for ten, including “Best Picture”) 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, and won an Oscar for Robert Bolt’s adapted screenplay.
OSCAR WINNER FOR:
- Best Screenplay Adaptation
- Best Cinematography
- Best Art Direction
- Best Costume Design
- Best Score
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Did you know?
- This movie was not shown in Russia until 1994.
- The actor who played the young Yuri Zhivago at his mother’s funeral is Omar Sharif’s son Tarek Sharif.
- Strelnikov’s armored train was an accurate replica of trains that were used during World War I and World War II to patrol areas with heavy snow that were unaccessable to trucks or tanks.