Masterpiece theatre Website. Doctor Zhivago

Electronic Resources
Created: 2003
CD contains website (html) and still photos (jpeg) for entries 2003115 ENT, 2003116 ENT, 2003117 ENT and 2003119 ENT.


Masterpiece theatre Website. Doctor Zhivago
Summary: "ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre --'Doctor Zhivago'

"Andrew Davies, when adapting the screenplay for this new version of Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning novel, was determined to bring a 21st-century sensibility to this classic book. David Lean's film of Doctor Zhivago presented a beautiful yet simplified version of Pasternak's novel -- a book completed in 1955 but banned in Russia until 1988 because of its subversive message: the creativity and uniqueness of the individual cannot be subsumed by the state. Doctor Zhivago is a love story set against the background of an event which changed the world: the Russian Revolution. The poet and physician Yuri Zhivago is torn between his love for his wife Tonya and his passion for the beautiful Lara. But his television version of Pasternak's story goes beyond the telling of a classic love story. It is a complex portrait of an artist, Yuri, who refuses to surrender his individuality, his creativity, or his soul to the crushing circumstance of history. Yuri, like Pasternak, continues to create, write and speak out even as the society he lives in tries to silence him. In this new production of Doctor Zhivago, the sweeping epic has been precisely adapted for the small screen. Characterization prevails over landscape; dialogue prevails over spectacle; and complexity prevails over convention. It is a drama of ideas, as much as one of passion."--2003 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is the series Website, with pages for this and other episodes.

Corporate Producers: Granada Television | Evision (Firm) | WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.) | Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

Persons Appearing: Hans Matheson (Cast) | Keira Knightley (Cast) | Sam Neill (Cast)

Broadcast Date: 2003