"Doctor Zhivago" will be the free movie on Tuesday at the new Trolley Square Cinemas, located on the south side of Trolley Square, in the "grand opening series" sponsored by the Deseret News and Cineplex Odeon Theaters.
"Doctor Zhivago" is a film large in scope, which, like "Ben-Hur," benefits greatly from being shown on the big screen. David Lean directed this picture at the peak of his "epic era" in 1965 to follow up "Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia." (ean's most recent film was "A Passage to India." He is now restoring original footage trimmed from "Lawrence of Arabia" and hopes to re-release that film in theaters this fall in a version never before seen by the public at large.)The story of "Zhivago" has Omar Sharif as the title character of Boris Pasternak's novel, a medical doctor embroiled in an adulterous love affair with Julie Christie, set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution.
There are show-stopping performances from the supporting cast, which includes Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson, Tom Courtenay and Rita Tushingham. And, of course, the film boasts the Oscar-winning music of Maurice Jarre and stunning cinematography. There are many memorable scenes, most of them the bigger, less intimate ones.
This three-hour film is not without its detractors - John Simon said of it at the time, "David Lean's `Doctor Zhivago' does for snow what his `Lawrence of Arabia' did for sand." But it is undeniably popular with the movie-going public at large and remains a stunning achievement in terms of Lean's technical prowess.
"Doctor Zhivago" is well worth seeing if you've never had the pleasure, and well worth another look if you have. It will be shown three times only Tuesday, at 12, 4 and 8 p.m.
The remaining free films in this series are "Ben-Hur" (ednesday) and "You Can't Take It With You" (hursday).
Each movie will play only one day, but there will be several showings throughout that day. The screenings are free with an original ad for the series from the Deseret News (here is one in this section today). Simply present the ad at the box office for two free admissions - if you want to take more people, just collect more ads (o photocopies, please). You cannot purchase tickets to these films; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The new Trolley Square Cinemas is a four-plex on the south side of Trolley Square, 602 E. Fifth South. - Christopher Hicks.