"A Love Caught in the Fire of Revolution."
Doctor Zhivago (1965) (Trailer below)
"Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution."
Directed by David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai), Doctor Zhivago is the eighth highest-grossing film of all time (adjusted for inflation) and remains popular today, as it has for decades.
Starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness and Tom Courtenay, Doctor Zhivago was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 5.
It won Oscars for: Best Color Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Color Cinematography, Best Color Costume Design, Best Music Score (substantially original) and Best Writing (screenplay based on material from another medium).
It was also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (David Lean), Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Courtenay).
Creator of this Event: Robb
Cost: Only $5.00
When and Where: We'll meet up in the lobby of the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 at 6:40pm and head into the theater at 6:50pm.
After the Film: We may swing by somewhere close to chat and have a drink if enough folks are up for it.
Other Interesting Facts:
- David Lean's first choice for the title role was Peter O'Toole who declined, citing the grueling experience of having made Lawrence of Arabia with Lean. This created a rift between the two that was never fully healed.
- Omar Sharif claimed that he was close to breakdown throughout most of filming due to stress over playing such a high-profile role and David Lean's demands on him.
- The film was not shown in Russia until 1994.
- Rod Steiger was on set filming for 12 months.
- Producer Carlo Ponti originally bought the rights to the novel so that he could cast his wife, Sophia Loren, in the role of Lara. David Lean, however, did not want to use Loren, claiming that she was 'too tall' for the role.
- Omar Sharif asked David Lean to consider him for the role of Pavel Antipov (Pasha) and was surprised when Lean instead offered him the title role.
- In an interview years after making the film, Rod Steiger said he was almost the only American among so many great British actors. "All I wanted to do was not embarrass myself."
- This film grossed more than every other film David Lean had directed put together.
- In the scene where Julie Christie slaps Rod Steiger, Steiger slaps her back. Steiger slapping her back was not in the script or discussed during filming, Steiger did it only during filming and the stunned reaction of Christie was genuine. When Rod Steiger kisses Julie Christie for the first time, her struggling and surprise is genuine because Steiger deliberately French kissed her, sticking his tongue into her mouth.
- When David Lean told the studio that he wanted Maurice Jarre to provide the score, he was told, "Maurice is very good on sand, but I'm sure we have someone better on snow." Jarre, of course, won the Oscar for best original score for this film.
- When asked if he thought Sarah Miles would make a good choice for the part of Lara, screenwriter Robert Bolt said "No, she's just a north country slut". Bolt would later marry Miles.
- Omar Sharif had to undergo the daily inconvenience of having his eyes taped back and his hair straightened to disguise his Egyptian looks. He also had his hairline shaved up about 2-3 inches, a process which had to be repeated every 3 days.