The multiple award-winning Doctor Zhivago (1965) is David Lean's epic romance after the domestic scale of Brief Encounter. Ian Christie contextualizes the film as an epic Russian love story and a Cold War classic, and charts its production and reception
As popular as the 1957 Boris Pasternak novel it is based on, Doctor Zhivago (1965) has meant many things to different audiences. It can be seen as the epitome of modern romantic fiction, a chronicle of disillusion with the Russian Revolution, and above all a monument, heroic or outdated depending on taste, to the heyday of the movie blockbuster. This aspect was proclaimed by the original MGM poster featuring the stars, Julie Christie and Omar Sharif, dwarfing the historical events that surround them.
In this illuminating study of the film's production history, Ian Christie explores how it finally came about, and places particular emphasis on the contribution of production designer John Box to its spectacular and deeply evocative imagery.
This special edition features original cover artwork by Michal Janowski.