Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Zhivago 2002

It was interesting to come across this 2002 British television version of Zhivago with Keira Knightley as Lara and Hans Matheson as the good doctor.  Here's a clip.  Anyone care to comment?


  1. Uh, no....

    Julie Christie she is not. You might want to share this with Barton, though. I think he is a fan.

    I remember Dr. Zhivago as one of the most beautiful movies I'd ever seen. I also remember it as one of the most effective pieces of anti-Soviet, anti-communist propaganda. It has been years -- probably when it came out -- so I'm not sure how it would seem now. But that's how I remember it.

  2. Gintaras, this is an amazing blog.

    The entire history of Russian film and literature all in one place. I'm in awe every time I stop by.

  3. Thanks av. The new Russian Dr. Zhivago is well worth a look. Much more true to Pasternak's novel. Pasternak was off limits during Soviet times, which was why Lean made his cinematic version. Pasternak had nothing positive to say about Bolvsheviks or the revolution. Unfortunately Lean trimmed a lot off the novel and didn't give Tonya her fair due, I thought. She is a much more captivating woman in the novel and in the new film version. Makes you wonder why he would give her up for Lara. But, Zhivago is an odd character, more in step with the 19th century Nihilists, I thought, than the modern 20th century Russian.