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Doctor Zhivago: TV Mini Series (Disc 1 of 2) (2002)
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Starring: Keira Knightley, Hans Matheson, Sam Neill
Director: Giacomo Campiotti
Category: Drama
Studio: Acorn Media
Subtitles:
English
Length:
225 mins

 
 

 

A sumptuous retelling of the Russian classic about a man and a nation ripped apart...

One of the world's most famous love stories and half a century of Russian history come to life in this adaptation of Pasternak's masterpiece by celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary, Pride and Prejudice).

War and revolution bring poet and physician Yuri Zhivago (Hans Matheson) together with the beautiful Lara (Keira Knightley), his muse and all-consuming passion. But Both are haunted - Yuri by guilt over his betrayal of Tonya, his beloved wife, and Lara by fear of Komarovsky (Sam Neill), the powerful man who means to have her any way he can.

Part 1
A life of purpose and contented bourgeois respectability lies before young physician Yury Zhivago as he marries Tonya, his dearest friend. but a glimpse of an ethereally beautiful girl - and the power of the popular uprising boiling over in the streets of Moscow - take his life on a very different course.

Betrayed by her mother, and by her own awakened sensuality, Lara loathes what she is becoming in the grip of the manipulative Komarovsky. Marriage to Pasha, the earnest partisan who has always adored her, promises to be her salvation.

Part 2
Changed by his war experiences and time with Lara, Zhivago returns home to his wife and family in Moscow to find that conditions there are dramatically altered. rather than face starvation in the city, the family embarks on a long and arduous journey east to take refuge at an abandoned estate in the Urals.

A chance meeting with Lara changes everything for Zhivago. Agonizing over his betrayal of Tonya, he tries to break away from Lara and return to his family, only to be sucked into the bloody struggle between the White and the Reds.