Doctor Zhivago
First screened in July 1998 / Most recently screened in December 2010
Director: David Lean. Cast: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, Geraldine Chaplin, Ralph Richardson, Tom Courtenay, Rita Tushingham, Siobhan McKenna, Klaus Kinski. Screenplay: Robert Bolt (based on the novel by Boris Pasternak).

Twitter Capsule: Famous visual and musical beauty, yes, but it's lipstick on a pachyderm. No ideas or POV. Politics fully smothered.

VOR:   Sheer scale and well-publicized production labors imply risk, but only as achieved by depersonalizing Lean's style and kowtowing to stiff, shaky idea of what an "epic" is.

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Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: David Lean
Best Supporting Actor: Tom Courtenay
Best Adapted Screenplay: Robert Bolt
Best Cinematography (Color): Freddie Young
Best Art Direction (Color): John Box; Terence Marsh & Dario Simoni
Best Costume Design (Color): Phyllis Dalton
Best Film Editing: Norman Savage
Best Original Score: Maurice Jarre
Best Sound: A.W. Watkins & Franklin Milton

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: David Lean
Best Actor (Drama): Omar Sharif
Best Screenplay: Robert Bolt
Best Original Score: Maurice Jarre
Most Promising Newcomer (Female): Geraldine Chaplin

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Best Actress (Christie; also cited for Darling)

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