Doctor Zhivago (37:52)
Da, comrades, it’s David Lean’s Russian picture postcard period piece. One of the biggest box-office hits ever is a dream for your eyeballs (especially when Julie Christie is onscreen), but this butt-numbing flick aspires to be more than just a doomed romance between her & Omar Sharif. Does it succeed? Hitting play will answer that question.
Links to: Rod Steiger and Alec Guinness and Robert Bolt and Boris Pasternak and Freddie Young
British Film Institute’s Top 100 of the 20th Century
Box Office Mojo Top 300 Adjusted For Inflation
Links to: The Bridge On The River Kwai and Lawrence Of Arabia
The ice house (ie. the “wax house”)
YouTube links: Zhivago’s broken heart and Lara’s theme
Next week on the T100P: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf
5 thoughts on “Doctor Zhivago (1965)”
OK, here’s a tough trivia question for you two: which famous ’70s/’80s sitcom character once said that ‘Dr. Zhivago’ was their favourite movie of all time?
I don’t know that one. That’s a fine stumping, G Man. Back at you: which ’90s movie used Doctor Zhivago as a euphemism for cocaine?
Answer to my stumper: ‘Three’s Company”s own Jack Tripper.
As for your question, rather than look it up, I’ll admit that off the top of my head I don’t know.
I did the same. I was a fan of The John Ritter Show (costarring a bunch of cute chicks and zany neighbours), but didn’t remember that detail.
The answer to mine: True Romance, where Slater called his suitcase of coke “Doctor Zhivago”.
Aha. I saw TR in the theatre in 1993 and haven’t seen it since, so I basically didn’t have a prayer of getting that one. Well done!