Doctor Zhivago Overview:

Doctor Zhivago (1965) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by David Lean and produced by Carlo Ponti and Arvid Griffen.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Boris Pasternak published in 1957.


The ultimate in mid-'60s, big-budget Hollywood filmmaking, with casts of thousands, exotic locations, strikingly beautiful stars, and the sheen that only money can buy. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, about a Russian surgeon and poet, married to one woman yet in love with another, who becomes a victim of the Russian Revolution. The 30th Anniversary edition includes a documentary on the marking of the film and is remastered.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorTom CourtenayNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: John Box, Terry Marsh; Set Decoration: Dario SimoniWon
Best CinematographyFreddie YoungWon
Best Costume DesignPhyllis DaltonWon
Best DirectorDavid LeanNominated
Best Film EditingNorman SavageNominated
Best Music - ScoringMaurice JarreWon
Best PictureCarlo Ponti, ProducerNominated
Best WritingRobert BoltWon

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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

By Beatrice on Oct 15, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Doctor Zhivago Directed by David Lean Written by Robert Bolt from the novel by Boris Pasternak 1965/USA/Italy/UK Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Carlo Ponti Production/Sostar S.A. Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Zhivago: It’s to show there’s no going back... Read full article

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

on Jun 22, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Doctor Zhivago is a movie whose reputation precedes it.?Doctor Zhivago marks my first foray into David Lean territory – a director I’ve avoided because his movies require getting comfy for over two hours. With that,?Zhivago lives up to the definition of the word “epic” and bo... Read full article

Movies That Haven't Aged Well: Doctor Zhivago

By Amanda Garrett on Jul 29, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm participating in The Movies That Haven't Aged Well blogathon with a post about Doctor Zhivago (1965) starring Julie Christie and Omar Sharif (center). This event is hosted by MovieMovieBlogBlog. Doctor Zhivago was a huge hit when it was released in December 1965. Audiences flocked to c... Read full article

Doctor Zhivago (1965, David Lean)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 10, 2015 From The Stop Button

When Doctor Zhivago got to its intermission, I assumed director Lean would keep things moving as fast in the second half as he did in the first. These expectations were all high melodrama. Instead, the post-intermission section of Zhivago feels utterly detached from the first, even though there are ... Read full article

Doctor Zhivago, Happy Anniversary! Premiered, Wednesday, December 22nd, 1965, in New York City. (2)

By C. S. Williams on Dec 22, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

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Quotes from

Kostoyed Amourski: I am the only free man on this train! And the rest of you are CATTLE!

Pasha: They rode them down, Lara. Women and children, begging for bread. There will be no more 'peaceful' demonstrations.

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Facts about

The inside of the ice palace was mostly made up specifically formed wax.
Varykino is actually a city to the West of Moscow, not East as the movie portrays in Siberia.
Rod Steiger was on set filming for 12 months.
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