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"Doctor Zhivago" on TCM Tonight, 8PM E.S.T.
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Posted on 11/19/2012 4:49:17 PM PST by ReformationFan

For those interested, Turner Classic Movies will air "Doctor Zhivago" tonight starting at 8PM E.S.T.. While I don't approve of the adultery of the film's hero, it is one of the few times when Hollywood produced a huge epic showing how awful life under Soviet totalitarian communism truly was. For that reason alone it's worth seeing at least once. Tom Courtnenay's youthfully idealistic Pasha provides a great example of a liberal who gets power then proceeds to torment everyone else for the "common good." The scene where Zhivago returns to his wife and family after World War I only to find his home confiscated in the name of "fairness" is also quite effective. Special kudos to Rod Steiger for his great performance as the opportunistic Komorovsky, my favorite performance in the film.


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1 posted on 11/19/2012 4:49:25 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

This movie should be required viewing for every High School student in America.


2 posted on 11/19/2012 4:52:19 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. ItClimate change! is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ReformationFan

It’s 72 hours long./s


3 posted on 11/19/2012 4:52:25 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: ReformationFan

Thanks for the heads up. I agree; excellent film.


4 posted on 11/19/2012 4:53:32 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Dallas59

It like the old joke about Eisenstein movies...you pay the kid’s price if you’re still 12 when the movie’s over.


5 posted on 11/19/2012 4:56:07 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ReformationFan

“Your attitude’s been noticed, you know. Oh, yes, it’s been noticed.”


6 posted on 11/19/2012 4:57:06 PM PST by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: ReformationFan

I remember watching this film when I was 11 years old at the base theater in Yokosuka, Japan. Matinee show, and there was a crawl message across the top of the screen saying RFK had been shot.

I watched it again for the first time just a couple of months ago, and was very engaged by the film.


7 posted on 11/19/2012 4:57:50 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: ReformationFan

The absolute best channel on all of TV, followed by the Cartoon Network.


8 posted on 11/19/2012 4:59:00 PM PST by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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I saw this movie as a young girl and loved it. It is one of the reasons I am a republican, especially the end of the movie and what happened to their daughter. I never wanted that for myself. Sadly we are headed that way.


9 posted on 11/19/2012 4:59:19 PM PST by jonsie
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Thanks for the heads up. I must have seen it five or six times over the years. Beautiful photography, a wonderful score and, of course, Julie Christie as Lara. I fell in love with her.


10 posted on 11/19/2012 5:02:45 PM PST by twoputt
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To: ReformationFan

The remake with Keira Knightley is also good IMO.


11 posted on 11/19/2012 5:07:48 PM PST by what's up
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks for the heads up!!! Watching it, now, with my teen who is a war history buff.


12 posted on 11/19/2012 5:11:32 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: ReformationFan

I saw this for the first time, this year, it is a great film.


13 posted on 11/19/2012 5:15:24 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: ReformationFan

Great movie. The music all by itself makes this one of the best. It was my mothers favorite film.


14 posted on 11/19/2012 5:15:30 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: ReformationFan
Strelnikov!
15 posted on 11/19/2012 5:21:04 PM PST by Shqipo (I am AttackWatch parolee #1,237. I am breaking my parole once more.)
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I do believe Lara was 17 years old when she was banging the fella who Steiger played. Another beautiful blond being used.


16 posted on 11/19/2012 5:25:51 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: jonsie

It was interesting. As a kid, there were only three things I remember from that movie: the students getting shot in the field of tall grass trying to fight, and that the movie was too long.

And, of course, “Lara’s Theme”. (My mom hummed it a lot, as I recall...:)

For years, when I thought of movies that were too long for no reason, I always thought of that one. After all, “The Ten Commandments” was long, but it had meaning to me.

When I saw the movie recently, I wished it had been even longer, it appealed to me that much.

I think it was learning about the Soviet Union since then, and being tuned into things I just had no idea about at the age of 11.

Reading “The Gulag Archipelago”, “1984” and simply learning more about what happened leading up to and since the Russian Revolution made me view totalitarianism in a more interested and inquisitive way. It makes you understand in your gut what an evil ideology Communism is, and how terrible total government control is when placed in the hands of malevolent people.

Another movie that really drives the point home well is “The Lives of Others”. A fascinating and frightening movie about the conduct of people living in a society where the government has an ear and an eye everywhere, and everyone knows it. The things that people have to do to avoid an interrogator’s room or survive, and what they will do to others in order to do that.


17 posted on 11/19/2012 5:27:38 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: ReformationFan

What’s the cinematic point of showing the mother in the coffin as she is having dirt put on her?


18 posted on 11/19/2012 5:28:44 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: Shqipo

Indeed. Strelnikov would be seen as a “hero” to current day leftists.


19 posted on 11/19/2012 5:31:00 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: BenLurkin

I completely agree. Sadly, most of today’s teachers would probably hate it for not showing communism to be the care-free glorious utopia it never was and never could be though it sure doesn’t stop the lefties from trying over and over again.


20 posted on 11/19/2012 5:33:09 PM PST by ReformationFan
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