Thursday, October 30, 2008

DR. ZHIVAGO - 1965


During the shooting of Dr. Zhivago, Director David Lean and Screenwriter Robert Bolt were discussing how to show that Yuri Zhivago is a poet. Should we shoot him reading poetry? Movie is all about showing, not telling... See how Lean and Bolt found a marvelous way to convey Yuri's character through the use of wind, leaves and music. Yuri is a child and is at his mother's burial, which other soul but a poetical one would be attracted to the sound of wind ruffling against the trees in such a moment? Memorable. Show, no tell. Two other meaningful moments are when the coffin is coming down and the change in the music and the close-up of Yuri's mother in the coffin.

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