[F]or those who swear by classic love sagas, there is Dr. Zhivago on January 12 at PVR Rare Film Club.
Based on the novel ‘Dr. Zhivago’ by Boris Pasternak, the 1965 film directed by David Lean is a love story set during the Bolshevik Revolution. The poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), but carries on an affair with Lara (Julie Christie) who has been raped by a politician Komarovsky.
Dr. Zhivago is ranked 7 in the American Film Institute’s ‘America’s Greatest Love Stories’ and 39 in America’s Greatest Movies. As of 2010, Doctor Zhivago was the 8th biggest grossing film of all time.
The film that became immensely popular wasn’t received well by the critics. It is said that David Lean was so deeply affected by the criticism that he swore to never make a film again. Before Dr. Zhivago, Lean has made the epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and went on to make Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). ‘Lara’s theme’ by music composer Maurice Jarre contributed heavily toward making Dr. Zhivago popular.
The film won five Academy Awards for Best Art Direction (John Box, Terence Marsh, Dario Simoni), Best Cinematography (Freddie Young), Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Bolt), Best Costume Design and Best Original Score.
It was nominated for five more categories: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Tom Courtenay), Best Director (David Lean), Best Editing and Best Sound (A. W. Watkins, Franklin Milton).
The British Film Institute ranked it 27 in the list of the greatest British films of the 20th century.
The film was screened in Competition at Cannes Film Festival in 1966.
IMDb User Rating: 8
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director: David Lean
Writers: Boris Pasternak (from the novel by), Robert Bolt(screenplay)
Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie and Geraldine Chaplin
Venue: PVR Ambience Mall, Gurgaon 10:55 pm
PVR Select Citywalk, New Delhi 10:45 pm
PVR Director’s Cut, Vasant Kunj, Delhi 6:45 pm and 10:45 pm
PVR Chennai 10 pm
PVR Juhu, Mumbai 10:40 pm
PVR Goregaon, Mumbai 10:40 pm
PVR Phoenix, Mumbai 10:40 pm
Tickets available at www.pvrcinemas.com and at the PVR Box Office