How times have changed. Five decades ago, the biggest screen spectacle didn’t involve Jedis or carefully managed tie-ins with licensed products, and was firmly aimed at adults. David Lean‘s epic, three-hour-plus adaptation of Boris Pasternak‘s “Doctor Zhivago” was an event, going on to win five Oscars, and becoming a staple of the cinematic canon, regarded as one of the director’s finest achievements. And now, the movie is coming back to the big screen (at least in the U.K.) where it deserves to be seen.
BFI has unveiled an utterly gorgeous new trailer for the fiftieth anniversary release of “Doctor Zhivago.” Digitally restored, and being presented in a 4K DCP print, the movie has never looked better, and will be shown in its original, 200-minute, uncut version. There is no better movie to head into the winter with, so for those who can make it, be sure to track down a screening near you.
Watch below, and I guarantee this might give you more goosebumps than the latest “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer.