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Doctor Zhivago


I can now officially cross off #26 on my list!  I watched Doctor Zhivago tonight, all 3 hours and 17 minutes of it.  My stepmom and I have talked about watching this movie for a while now.  So I’m so glad I created my freedom list to actually do all these kind of things (you know…those things that you say you’re going to do and never get around to them).  To be honest, I’ve been wanting to see this movie ever since I went to Russia several years ago.  It did bring back many memories from that trip.

Well let me tell you a little bit about Doctor Zhivago.  In the beginning, I was really wishing for closed captions because often I had no idea what they were saying.  Needless to say, their Russian accents were very strong.  We got used to their accents, but then had to actually think about what was going on.  The remote control remained very close to my house throughout the movie so I could pause and ask my stepmom if she understand what was going on.  She was often confused as well.  What was that?  Who are they?  Are they the good guys or the bad guys?  Why are doing that?  Even though I’ve been to Russia, I didn’t know a lot about the Russian Revolution.  I learned a lot about the Romanovs and Russia during World War II, which I must say was way worse than anything I ever learned about in school.  I definitely want to learn more about Russia now.  Going to the library to check out books on Russia will definitely be in my future.  One thing I do remember about Russia is the harshness of their winters there.  I don’t plan to ever visit Russia during the winter.  Being a Texas girl who hardly sees snow (and when she does it hardly sticks), I don’t think I could handle it.  I would be wearing about 7 layers…which would probably make me look that dorky little brother in A Christmas Story, the one who can’t put his arms down because his snow suit is so big.  Most of the this movie happened during the winter.  Their winters I’ve heard are extremely long and harsh, much like our Texas summers I bet.  Getting back to the movie, there are three words I would use to describe Doctor Zhivago: war, devastation, and sadness.  It was a good epic movie, which actually got 5 Academy Awards, including one for cinematography.  I completely agree with that.

In my picture of the movie, of course I had to put it beside my Russian Matryoshka doll, or nesting doll.  I bought that doll in St. Petersburg at a little street craft fair.

Oh, and by the way, I’m SO glad that you want to do some of the things on my freedom list with me!  I can’t wait to actually be able to be “myself” again and get out in the world.  I have my reevaluation with the neurologist tomorrow, so we shall see what she says.