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Monday, June 05, 2006

10 Lines From "Dr. Zhivago"

Tonight at the Motion Picture Academy is "Doctor Zhivago" (1965).

I never miss a screening of "Doctor Zhivago". Never. I've been known to miss a screening of "The Bridge On The River Kwai" or "A Passage To India", sometimes even a screening of "Lawrence Of Arabia", but I never miss a screening of "Doctor Zhivago".

I'm guessing this screening will be the most recent restoration of the film, with the new Turner titles on the end of it - the one with great sound restoration but a mediocre image (aka "meaty ochre" image).

10 Favorite Lines from Doctor Zhivago

(some great not only for their own sake,
but for how they precede
or follow a line, or play against an image)
  1. "You shouldn't use human beings to move earth."
  2. "My name is General Yevgraf Andreivich Zhivago. I'm looking for someone."
  3. "How would the poet like to see a bit of general practice?"
  4. "I've no amorous experience, if that's what you mean. None whatever. Lara's seventeen. That speaks for itself."
  5. "And don't delude yourself this was rape. That would flatter us both."
  6. "I am the only free man on this train! And the rest of you are cattle!"
  7. "Will you accept the terms of this ignoble Caliban on any terms that Caliban cares to make? Or is your delicacy so exorbitant that you would sacrifice a woman and a child to it?"
  8. "He must have known how ill he was. The walls of his heart were like paper. But he kept it to himself. He kept a lot himself."
  9. "Oh, yes. People will do anything."
  10. "Ah, then it's a gift."

director David Lean w/actresses Geraldine Chaplin &Julie Christie


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