This movie is an epic drama about Russian doctor, Yuri Zhivago, who personally experiences the dramatic changes and upheavals that WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution bring to his homeland. Throughout the story, idealist Zhivago endures numerous hardships that includes an extra-marital relationship with the captivating Lara.
Boris Pasternak, the author of the novel on which Doctor Zhivago was based, was Russian, a privileged and celebrated writer who lived during a time of enormous social turmoil and political change.
Mary’s review reveals that most of Doctor Zhivago was filmed in Spain in the dead heat of summer. For snow, director David Lean bought an entire marble quarry and had it ground into powder for disbursement as snow. Surrounding trees were sprayed with plastic snow to complete the setting.
My task as director is not just to provide a nice evening’s entertainment. The most important thing is to make people think. — Academy Award Tribute to Andrej Wajda. The horrors of Nazism and tragedies of Communism Our movie this month, Ashes and Diamonds, brings the horrors of Nazism and tragedies of Communism to the screen. The story takes place
Wajda has been prolific in making films, TV programs, and stage productions in an active career that has spanned from the 1950’s to his most recent film, Walesa, A Man of Hope, made in 2012.
For an American audience to fully appreciate and understand what is communicated in Ashes and Diamonds, it is necessary to become knowledgeable about its context of production in Communist Poland, and thus the symbolic representations Wajda chose in order to stay true to the writer’s intent instead of conforming to socialist realism policy.