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Doctor Zhivago - Scene on road

4y ago


The scene right before Yuri (Dr. Zhivago) and Lara meet amidst the Bolshevik deserters who cross paths with a group of replacement soldiers on a road, a deliberate homage to King Vidor's "The Big Parade" (1925), reportedly one of David Lean's favourite films. A classic scene in its own right, but also both inspiring and hilarious - perhaps my favourite of the film. This idea of standing your ground also parallels nicely with the scene in Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel "Notes From Underground" (1864), when the Underground man triumphantly walks straight into an officer on the street, demonstrating his free will and preserving his dignity.