An American Chimera

Dr Zhivago

Julie Christie

Poetry and the individual are dead in Dr Zhivago’s Revolutionary Russia. The land is unforgiving as are the people who are dealing with severe political changes.  One can sense the yearning for individual love and freedom. Those that read poetry no longer do so although it touched them in their youth.  This is a great film, I have included a few quotes that ring true –

No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across here and there in the world, is unmixed with compassion. The more we love, the more the object of our love seems a victim….

I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them….

Art always serves beauty, and beauty is the joy of possessing form, and form is the key to organic life since no living thing can exist without it….

Julie Christie stars in this 1965 masterpiece as Lara Antipova. Interestingly enough she was included in one of my earlier posts, Fahrenheit 451.


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