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TCM movie alert: "Doctor Zhivago"(1965) 8PM E.S.T.
Turner Classic Movies ^ | 1965 | David Lean

Posted on 02/17/2013 3:59:37 PM PST by ReformationFan

Another TCM alert: tonight at 8PM it's airing "Doctor Zhivago". Definitely worth seeing as Hollywood film that actually showed how terrible life was in Soviet Russia. The only thing I don't like about it is its hero cheating on his cute wife with Lara. Otherwise, a truly great film with Rod Steiger stealing the show as the opportunistic lawyer Komarovsky.



TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 1965; borispasternak; doctorzhivago; geraldinechaplin; omarsharif; rodsteiger; russia; sovietrussia; tcm
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It's interesting to imagine how the film would've turned out with the following cast(all of these were earlier contenders for these roles)

Zhivago: Peter O'Toole Tonya: Audrey Hepburn Lara: Sophia Loren(Mrs. Carlo Ponti, the producer who originally bought the rights for her to star in it) Komarovsky: Marlon Brando or James Mason Pasha/Streilnikov: Omar Sharif(he originally wanted this role but David Lean cast him as the lead instead).

1 posted on 02/17/2013 3:59:48 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

The trailer-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvIL_A0UsJk


2 posted on 02/17/2013 4:01:22 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

My favorite scene is where they cut to the house covered in snow.


3 posted on 02/17/2013 4:04:09 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: ReformationFan

Greatest movie ever made.


4 posted on 02/17/2013 4:04:09 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ReformationFan

“The personal life is dead”


5 posted on 02/17/2013 4:07:14 PM PST by AU72
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To: dfwgator
Agree...and the most beautiful movie music ever.

My faorite scene is when they go through the field of flowers.

6 posted on 02/17/2013 4:10:54 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: ReformationFan

Thanks for the reminder. Wonder if a similar (Bolshevik) revolution is to take place in the U.S. during or after Obama’s reign.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 4:11:55 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: AU72

> “The personal life is dead”

“— for a man with any manhood.” - Pasha.


8 posted on 02/17/2013 4:16:15 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: ReformationFan

The mother’s funeral scene with the music is haunting.


9 posted on 02/17/2013 4:16:15 PM PST by 4yearlurker (I hate February.)
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To: Jyotishi

I remember seeing “Dr. Zhivago” in the post theater at Camp Zama, Japan, in 1966. We were mesmerized. More than 25 years later we watched it again some 15 years later on VHS, and found it to be boring.


10 posted on 02/17/2013 4:17:43 PM PST by Ax
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To: lonestar

Interesting trivia- the score was created by Maurice Jarre, father of French composer Jean Michel Jarre.


11 posted on 02/17/2013 4:23:06 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Ax

OMG! I can’t imagine this wonderful film cropped down to a 4:3 aspect and played from a fuzzy VHS machine.

This film is just glorious in 1080p BluRay.

http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Zhivago-Anniversary-Blu-ray-Packaging/dp/B001TOCCRU/ref=sr_1_3?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1361146627&sr=1-3&keywords=doctor+zhivago


12 posted on 02/17/2013 4:25:38 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: ReformationFan

conflict tonight.....Walking Dead or Dr Zhivago?


13 posted on 02/17/2013 4:30:30 PM PST by texanyankee
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To: F15Eagle

I thought it was visually stunning and like everyone else loved the music.

It was basically a very good movie. About the only fault was it was really long.


14 posted on 02/17/2013 4:32:54 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: ReformationFan

I had a high school buddy who worked as a theater usher (remember those?) when this movie was released. It played so long in the theater that he and the other usher memorized it word for word.


15 posted on 02/17/2013 4:33:43 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: ReformationFan

Excellent film. Some of my Russian ancestors fought in the Russian Revolution, but for the wrong (Red) side. Family history, I’m trying to verify it somehow so I’m not 100% here, says my great-great grandfather was one of the generals who knew Lenin although the story is he told his son to “get out of here” and go to America. Later on, my great-grandfather was drafted to fight World War I in the American Expeditionary Force.


16 posted on 02/17/2013 4:34:44 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: ReformationFan

Too depressing to watch. It reminds me of Obama’s plans for the rich and the middle class. What kind of people will be crowding into my home and hanging their laundry in my kitchen next year?


17 posted on 02/17/2013 4:35:29 PM PST by miserare
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To: dfwgator

It’s an epic soap opera.


18 posted on 02/17/2013 4:41:36 PM PST by Corey Ohlis (Visualize Swirled Peas)
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To: Ax
I remember seeing “Dr. Zhivago” in the post theater at Camp Zama, Japan, in 1966.
Consider yourself lucky. In January '67 I was in advanced infantry training (USMC) and the only flick there was Born Free.
If that wasn't bad enough, it was an outdoor theater, so not only did you freeze your nuts off if you went - you could still hear the sound track if you didn't ... every-feckin'-night.
To this day, I CRINGE every time I hear that song.
19 posted on 02/17/2013 4:41:55 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: miserare

They will probably be people from a Latin American country who entered this country during Obama’s gift of instant citizenship to all except Europeans.


20 posted on 02/17/2013 4:43:38 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Thank you for your sharing. I LOVE Jean Michel Jarre!


21 posted on 02/17/2013 4:46:35 PM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: ReformationFan

Not a fan of chick flix.
One of 2 or 3 movies I was roped into seeing around the mid sixties as a date movie.

Not my cup of tea. No...more specifically I hated thiis movie, ‘sound of music’ and a re release of ‘gone with the wind’. Women! They got me to many things I did not want to do.


22 posted on 02/17/2013 4:49:44 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: ReformationFan
Should be shown to every Middle School student in the United States.
23 posted on 02/17/2013 5:26:34 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ReformationFan

Thank you for the heads-up! This is my favorite film so I’ll DVR while I’m watching Downton Abbey. Spend tomorrow with Dr. Z and Lara.


24 posted on 02/17/2013 5:28:41 PM PST by MomofMarine
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To: texanyankee

WD. Dvr the Dr. ;)


25 posted on 02/17/2013 5:34:47 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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Freepers, your Contributions make every difference!
Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

26 posted on 02/17/2013 5:38:00 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: 4yearlurker

The funeral scene has the look of a horror movie. An amazing visual feast of a movie.


27 posted on 02/17/2013 6:07:22 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: dfwgator

Seven Samurai.


28 posted on 02/17/2013 6:10:26 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: ReformationFan

I saw the film at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood, Calif., in August, 1966.


29 posted on 02/17/2013 6:14:20 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Third Person
Seven Samurai.

Definitely a candidate for the best movie of all time.

30 posted on 02/17/2013 6:16:15 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Third Person

RAN-One of my all time favorites


31 posted on 02/17/2013 6:23:49 PM PST by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: MotorCityBuck

Yep, actually we’re dvr’ing both, since we got a youngster in the house and we dont need any distractions and WD is obviously not suitable either..


32 posted on 02/17/2013 6:25:57 PM PST by texanyankee
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost

Ran is stunning.... beautiful and brutal. Another one of Kurosawa’s many great movies.


33 posted on 02/17/2013 6:35:18 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: texanyankee

Good call. WD definitely not kid friendly!


34 posted on 02/17/2013 6:37:40 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: Third Person

Agree. After seeing Ran I was hooked on Kurosawa and his work.


35 posted on 02/17/2013 6:45:37 PM PST by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost

The beautiful Latra(Julie Christie) was 17 when she was banging both Komorovsky and that other creep. So she moves on to a married Dr. Zhivago. It was a convincing love story and Geraldine Chaplin was the perfect(strait-laced) loser in the (not) triangle.


36 posted on 02/17/2013 7:03:45 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: ReformationFan

Thank you. I’m watching. It’s one of my favorites of all time. When i first saw it as a young woman, all i saw was the romance. Now,all i see is dangerous foreshadowing. Reminds me of “he who beats his swords into ploughshares will be the slave of those who don’t.”


37 posted on 02/17/2013 7:04:46 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

When I first saw Zhivago in the mid sixties I though the black headed one, (his wife) was prettier than Lara.

I saw it recently and there was no doubt Julie Christie was way prettier.

I can’t figure out why the change but in the mid sixties I had a terrible crush on a beautiful black headed girl.

I later married a beautiful blonde or between blonde and light brown.


38 posted on 02/17/2013 7:42:54 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: oh8eleven

Once was enough for “Born Free.” Saw that one at Camp Zama as well. I’m betting our situation at the time was considerably more comfortable than yours. Thanks for your service and glad you made it back.


39 posted on 02/17/2013 7:54:35 PM PST by Ax
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To: ReformationFan

Love Story - Doctor Zhivago Theme Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X-Q4nmYqc4

LARA’S THEME (DR. ZHIVAGO) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRElAjI1O60


40 posted on 02/17/2013 8:50:55 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: dfwgator

Nah, ‘’Casablanca’’ by a mile.


41 posted on 02/17/2013 10:21:48 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Jyotishi

“We endured it because of our cursed capacity to endure’’. Speaks volumes about the Russian mindset under Communism. And a lot of the mindset of the majority of the democrat voters of the state I live in— New Jersey.


42 posted on 02/17/2013 10:24:49 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: oh8eleven

Was that at the little outdoor theater at San Onofre?

Semper Fi,


43 posted on 02/18/2013 4:15:43 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: jmacusa
Nah, ‘’Casablanca’’ by a mile

Casablanca much better than Doctor Z.

the Godfather and Godfather II better than anything made before or since. Fugetaboutit!

(Godfather III was a horrible movie)

44 posted on 02/18/2013 4:19:12 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
Was that at the little outdoor theater at San Onofre?
No, Camp Geiger, a few miles away from Lejeune. When I say we froze, I meant it literally.
The only reprieve we had was the day we fam-fired the flame thrower :)
S/F ...
45 posted on 02/18/2013 5:52:51 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Ax

Thanks ... you too.


46 posted on 02/18/2013 5:53:56 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: F15Eagle

My favorite scene is where they cut to the house covered in snow.


That scene was filmed in Spain...


47 posted on 02/18/2013 6:50:18 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Didn’t know that


48 posted on 02/18/2013 10:22:37 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: yarddog

I guess I will have to learn how to speak Espanol.


49 posted on 02/21/2013 4:50:53 PM PST by miserare
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To: DIRTYSECRET

As a consolation prize, Mrs. Z got to leave Russia for a relatively much freer life in Paris while the Doc and Lara stayed behind to only spend a brief time together before being permanently separated with him having a heart attack on a street trying to call out to her and Lara probably ended up dying in a work camp as Yevgraf the commie half-brother surmised so Tonya probably got the better deal in the long run.

I always thought Lara and her bizarre love/hate relationship with Komarovsky provided much greater sparks than her relationship with Zhivago. And in the end, he probably did more actual work in trying to save her than either her psycho/revolutionary fanatic husband or the doctor did.


50 posted on 02/21/2013 6:27:22 PM PST by ReformationFan
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