Doctor Zhivago was released on this day in 1965

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Doctor Zhivago’s lover

Common clues: Pasternak heroine; Julie Christie role; Yuri's love; Zhivago's love; "Doctor Zhivago" heroine; Julie’s “Doctor Zhivago” role; Julie, opposite Omar

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Video: Dr. Zhivago

Lara: Wouldn't it have been lovely if we'd met before?

Zhivago: Before we did? Yes.

Lara: We'd have got married, had a house and children. If we'd had children, Yuri, would you like a boy or girl?

Zhivago: I think we may go mad if we think about all that.

Lara: I shall always think about it.

Doctor Zhivago is a 1965 film directed by David Lean and based on the famous novel by Boris Pasternak.

Julie Christie as Lara in Doctor Zhivago (1965).

Zhivago is sensitive and poetic nearly to the point of mysticism. In medical school, one of his professors reminds him that bacteria may be beautiful under the microscope, but do ugly things to people. Yuri Zhivago's idealism and principles stand in brutal contrast to the horrors of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the subsequent Russian Civil War. A large theme of the book is how the mysticism of things and idealism is destroyed by both the Bolsheviks and the white army. Yuri must witness cannibalism, dismemberment, and other horrors suffered by the innocent civilian population during the turmoil. Even the love of his life, Lara (whose full name is Larisa Feodorovna), is taken from him. He ponders on how the war can turn the whole world senseless, and make a previously reasonable group of people destroy each other with no regard for life. His journey through Russia has an epic feeling because of his traveling through a world which is in such striking contrast to himself, relatively uncorrupted by the violence, and to his desire to find a place away from it all, which drives him across the arctic Siberia of Russia, and eventually back down to Moscow.

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