Doctor Zhivago ★★

Like wading through beautifully lit custard, David Lean’s noticeably unlean adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s 1957 novel languidly oozes back into UK cinemas in a new 4K restoration by way of promoting the BFI’s blockbuster film season concerning all things love. Adjusted for inflation, the film sits triumphantly in the top 10 biggest box office hauls of all time, and when watching this sludgy epic now, one can only deduce that a temporary bout of masochistic insanity came over the world populous in 1965 and that the revolutionary spirit of the Nouvelle Vague had yet fully penetrate mainstream moviegoing circles...

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