Watching Dr. Zhivago for the First Time

Here is a documentary on the making of David Lean’s 1966 movie Dr. Zhivago. For years, I only saw brief excerpts of the movie on PBS as I was changing channels on the television. So until last week, I never saw the whole movie. Then I spied the DVD available in the library and I thought this is finally the time to watch the movie.

I loved Dr. Zhivago. It’s both an epic movie condemning both the Czarist government and totalitarian communism and it’s an intimate love story between Omar Shariff’s Dr. Zhivago and Julie Christie’s Lara. I felt sorry for Geraldine Chaplin’s character, the wife of Dr. Zhivago, and Lisa liked Geraldine Chaplin’s character better than Julie Christie’s character. At times it’s a bit melodramatic. But that didn’t bother me.

Because of the rise in authoritarian governments around the world, I’ve been very interested in watching movies about individuals who resisted authoritarianism. Dr. Zhivago was a stinging condemnation of authoritarian governments of both the Right (Czar Nicholas II’s oppressive government) and the Left (Lenin’s communist government). Boris Pasternak, the author of the book Dr. Zhivago, was part of a generation of artists and writers who were both critical of the Czar and grew disillusioned with the communists and were persecuted for maintaining their independent point of view. This generation included Marina Tsvetaeva, Anna Akhmatova, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Alexander Blok, and Osip Mandelstam.

After watching Dr. Zhivago, I went and checked out David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. Another great movie. If the library has A Passage to India, I’ll have to check out David Lean’s last movie.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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