Episode 24

Doctor Zhivago (1965)


December 31st, 2021

1 hr 41 mins 47 secs

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About this Episode

DISCRETION ADVISED: This film depicts several sexual assaults that are discussed in the episode.

Our first David Lean film, but certainly not our last!

Set during World War I and the October Revolution of 1917, this love triangle (square? parallelogram?) takes place during turbulent times, and the production spared no expense with its full-scale recreation of ten square blocks of Moscow, thousands of extras, and beautiful vistas captured in Spain and Canada.

Based on the book by Boris Pasternak, and banned in the Soviet Union for decades along with the film, this Oscar-winner is one you won’t want to miss.

Find out which one of us sides with the Reds, the Whites, or just Omar Sharif's dreamy mustache!

Stick around after the end music to hear a reading of Boris Pasternak's "Hamlet" poem (at the end of the book amongst Zhivago's poems), by Russian friend of the show Tanya Lukyanova and our very own Katie Schaefer.

Next Episode: Patton (1970)

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