"Doctor Zhivago" (1965) is simply an outstanding film, directed by David Lean and based on a novel of the same written by Boris Pasternak. How good is it? Well, it lasts more than three hours, but that doesn?t seem long, as you quickly become immersed in the story.
The movie begins with a flashback, as General Yevgraf Zhivago (Alec Guinness) is looking for the lost daughter of his dead brother, Yuri Zhivago, and a woman named Lara. Zhivago s book, "Lara s poems", was forbidden for a long time in the URSS, but has given him fame. Yevgraf talks to a beautiful young woman (Rita Tushingham) that could well be Zhivago s daughter, and he begins to tell her the story of her parents.
Truth to be told, I cannot describe well enough all you will see in this movie. Suffice it to say that "Dr. Zhivago" is an incredibly good love story, set against the backdrop of the First World War and the Russian revolution. Yuri (Omar Sharif) is a doctor and a poet whose opinions eventually land him in trouble, as they are far from politically correct. Lara (Julie Christie) is a woman that has survived very tragic events, and that married the wrong man, a fanatic obsessed with revolution who thinks that "The personal life is dead in Russia. History has killed it". Lara and Yuri briefly meet each other in their youth, but it is only much later that they realize they are in love. Unfortunately, by that time they both are married. They go their separate ways, but... this film wouldn t be so long if the story finished there :)
If you are interested in what happened to them, and want to know whether the young woman is their daughter, please watch "Dr. Zhivago". Not all your questions will be answered, but you will enjoy a film that really deserves to be called a classic. Highly recommended!