Dr Zhivago (Closing Night)
Sunday 5 November @ 7.15pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
1965 | CTC | 197 mins| UK | D: David Lean
This screening is dedicated to the memory of Dr Darrel Killen (28 November 1925 - 31 December 2015), the cultural entrepreneur who, with architect Enrico Taglietti and others, opened Canberra’s first independent cinema, the Center Cinema, on 4 October 1966.
Dr Zhivago has special meaning for film enthusiasts in Canberra: it opened the long-awaited Center Cinema with a record-breaking 9 week season, and was the last film screened when the cinema closed 37 years later, on 1 June 2003.
A romantic epic about lovers and families and communities torn apart by the Russian Revolution, it’s fascinating to see it after Brief Encounter: for all the wealth of breathtaking spectacle, Lean consistently turns to focus on intimate moments and interior journeys, and the brilliant cast revels in the space that he gives them, especially Julie Christie in perhaps her greatest role. It’s both epic and intimate, and is impeccably delivered.