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The Story Alec Guinness a highly placed military officer in Communist Russia narrates the story of Doctor Zhivago to a girl that probably is the doctors daughter by Lara hoping to offer her as his niece his help when Guinness narrates a scene that he himself is in the character does not speak this is an effective narrative tool duplicated by the John Travolta character in A Civil Action - this enables him to alert us to unspoken fears and inner musings Within the heart and mind of the true poet resides a grasp and perception of life and the human condition unequaled in its purity by any other art form From Rimbaud to Frost to Jim Morrison he will in a few words or lines create or recreate an experience thereby enabling his audience to know that experience as well albeit vicariously The poet of course will choose the medium through which he will share his vision For director David Lean that medium is the cinema and with Doctor Zhivago a film of sweeping and poetic grandeur he reveals that within he harbors the heart and soul of the poet Indisputably this is the true nature of David Lean and it is evident in every frame of this film from the beginning to end To borrow a line from the more recent Moulin Rouge this is a story bout love A love story set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution Dr Yuri Zhivago Omar Sharif is a general practitioner but he is also a poet through his vocation as a man of medicine he tends to those in need in everyday real life But it is through his avocation as a poet that he expresses what he sees He marries Tonya Geraldine Chaplin and has children but the War and revolution intervene and it is during these tumultuous times that his life becomes inexorably intertwined with a government official Komarovsky Rod
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