Fifty years since it won five Oscars®, David Lean’s enthralling historical romance, set during one of the most turbulent periods of political change, still retains its personal intimacy and epic sweep. This great love story is adapted from Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize-winning novel set during the Russian Revolution. Yuri (Sharif) and Lara (Christie) are as beautiful as the snowy landscape they inhabit and as mysterious as the future their country faces. He is the doctor-poet who, despite being married, falls for Lara, a studious but fallen girl from a poor family. They’re destined to be together but forces beyond their control take hold of their lives. Freddie Young’s sumptuous ‘Scope cinematography (dazzling in this new restoration) combines with the famous Maurice Jarre score to make this an overwhelming cinematic experience.
Directed by David Lean
With Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness
200 min (+ interval)