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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Unbelievable Grandeur in Doctor Zhivago

One of the Classics. A movie of magnificent proportions. There hasn't been a movie like this in 35 years. Truly one of the best ever made. A great addition to your collection!

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Out in the Cold

David Lean's film of "Doctor Zhivago" is radiant to look at, pretty to listen to and there is a spectacularly layered performance by Rod Steiger as the scheming Komarovsky. And that's about it. As Zhivago, Omar Sharif seems to suffer before anything even happens, and as...
David Lean's film of "Doctor Zhivago" is radiant to look at, pretty to listen to and there is a spectacularly layered performance by Rod Steiger as the scheming Komarovsky. And that's about it. As Zhivago, Omar Sharif seems to suffer before anything even happens, and as the legendary object of his obsession, Lara, Julie Christie is a complete dud, portraying all the warmth of a glacial formation. Boris Pasternak's novel has been simplified and edited until the only thing left is alot of expensive sets waiting for someone to use in a story. Certainly no understanding of the Russian Revolution is remotely possible watching this film,reducing the production to a series of pretty pictures (cinematographer Freddie Young conjurs miracles behind the camera)surrounding a supposed story of passion with zero chemistry. Despite all this, the picture is never dull, just frustrating. Somewhere in this mammoth production didn't anyone think that it had to have cohesion? The maniacal Klaus Kinski pops up in a train sequence, a brief flame lighting up the screen, sadly reminding the audience what could have been.

posted by ChandlerSwain on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lacks subtlety and emotion

    I was disappointed with Dr. Zhivago. I am a huge fan of David Lean's ''Lawrence of Arabia'' in part because of the masterful way Lean draws out and develops the characters and the incredible emotional content in the performances. I also thought “Lawrence” was unusually (for the time) astute in playing with moral ambiguities, and while moral ambiguities certainly abound in Pasternak’s book the movie comes across as formulaic and two-dimensional. Perhaps emotion is lacking in “Zhivago” due to Omar Sharif’s notably bland performance, but I do feel that this script meanders somewhat and doesn’t quite know what it’s trying to say. Despite the raves here, I think this is a fairly weak work by Lean.

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