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1965 Oscar-winning movie about life around the time of the 1917 Russian Revolution
Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago is a 1965 British-Italian epic romantic drama film directed by David Lean. It is set in Russia between the years prior to World War I and the Russian Civil War of 1917-1922, and is based on the 1957 Boris Pasternak novel of the same name. While immensely popular in the West, the book was banned in the Soviet Union for decades. For this reason, the film could not be made in the Soviet Union and was instead filmed mostly in Spain.

Cast and Crew

Julie ChristieLara Antipova
Alec GuinnessGeneral Yevgraf Zhivago
Omar SharifDr. Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago
David Leandirector

Video Products

Doctor Zhivago (45th Anniversary Edition) (1965), 4 May 2010
Doctor Zhivago (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1965), 6 Nov 2001


Doctor Zhivago (1965), by Stephen W. Carson
'The personal life is dead in Russia. History has killed it.' With these words, Commander Strelnikov sums up the effect of the Bolshevik Revolution on a generation of Russians. The movie, based on Boris Pasternak's novel, follows the poet Doctor Zhivago as his personal life is taken from him, one piece at a time, by the violence of the great utopian experiment.


Doctor Zhivago - Original Theatrical Trailer, 22 Dec 1965
Related Topic: Russia

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Doctor Zhivago (film)" as of 8 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.