This short film, a mini-biography of of writer and Nobelist Boris Pasternakserves as something of a promotional film for the upcoming film version of his novel Doctor Zhivago (1965). Includes scenes with David Lean, Alec Guinness and Geraldine Chaplin among others. Pasternak grew up in an artistic home where men like Leo Tolstoy were frequent visitors. He refused however to sing the praises of the Bolshevik revolution and was refused permission to publish it in his home country. It was eventually published in the West to great acclaim. Written by
. . . from this documentary short about the creator of "Strelnikov," who's right up there with the knitting Madame Defarge (A TALE OF TWO CITIES) as a feared fictional revolutionary functionary who made the transition to the Big Screen. From this mini-biography, we learn that Boris Pasternak was forced to decline his Nobel Prize in Literature by a Russian government almost as restrictive as the one "Mad Dog" Putin is running today. Coming from a privileged background, Boris spent his early career grinding out poetry (a genre too obtuse for the censors to comprehend when they were rewarding one-way tickets to Siberia such as the one provided for novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn). Then, when he was too old to have his Youth stolen from him, Pasternak smuggled his DR. ZHIVAGO manuscript to a foreign country to be published, including some of his poems in an appendix to the book in the guise of being the work of the title physician. As a youngster, Boris rubbed shoulders with the Hoi Polloi such as Leo Tolstoy, author of WAR AND PEACE.
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