DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (Lean, 1965) - It snowed all of 5 cm here (maybe even 6), so I felt like finally watching this. I was surprised by my fortitude after a week and a half without movies*, pausing the film only once in its 220 minutes, though I have to admit I used the entr’acte as a bathroom-and-drinks break. I can’t claim to have been 100% invested the whole running time, however: especially in the beginning, I had some trouble keeping characters apart, and for a movie billed as a grand love story, it’s kind of strange that it takes 50 minutes before Omar Sharif even sets eyes on Julie Christie - and even longer for them to have an actual conversation. When you look like Sharif and Christie, however, you don’t have to work very hard to convince an audience you’re attracted to one another.
Ultimately, while the film consists less of a story than of a succession of events, the look of the film makes it worth seeing. Whether it’s a wet and fogged up window gradually clearing to reveal a conversation inside, the way Lean frames the bouquets associated with Christie’s Lara or the snowy vistas - it’s gorgeous all the way through, and frequently impressive in the how-did-they-do-that sense. After a steady diet of TV shows, it was a very movie-ish movie, and it awoke my old appetite - so expect the tumblr to be updated more often again.
*I watched KILL THE IRISHMAN after BILL&TED, but didn’t really have anything to say about it.