Doctor Zhivago

TitleDoctor Zhivago
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1965
AuthorsLean, David
Running Time3h 17min
Date Released12/22/1965
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish, Russian

Doctor Zhivago is a 1965 epic romantic drama film, set in Russia circa World War I and the Russian Civil War of 1918–1922, and is based on the 1957 Boris Pasternak novel Doctor Zhivago. 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. During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar (Julie Christie), who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin). But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. The film was a commercial success, becoming the eighth highest-grossing film of all time in the United States and Canada and one of the top ten highest-grossing films worldwide, adjusted for ticket-price inflation. The British Film Institute listed the film in 1999 as the 27th greatest British film of all time. 

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