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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Doctor Zhivago

ISBN 9781844579211
Publication Date February 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher British Film Institute
Series BFI Film Classics

The multiple award-winning Doctor Zhivago (1965) is one of America's finest films of all time. Ian Christie contextualizes the film as an epic Russian love story and a Cold War classic, charts its production and reception, including the contribution of designer John Box, and discusses the unique history of the Bruce Pasternak novel it is based on.

Ian Christie is a film historian, curator, broadcaster, Fellow of the British Academy and Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. His many publications include books on Russian cinema, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Sergei Eisenstein, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam, as well as The Art of Film: John Box and Production Design (2012).

1. How Zhivago Happened
2. Between Beauty and Goodness: the Making of Zhivago
3. Reception and Retrospect


Christie's study of the film's reception usefully debunks a few myths, and draws wry comparisons between American critics' attitudes towards the film with Soviet critics' similar, if more ideologically driven, objections to the novel.' – Michael Booke, Sight & Sound
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