TBT: Doctor Zhivago (1965)


OMG, you people suggested Doctor Zhivago (1965) and now I think you have a death wish for me! Over three hours of ’60s bouffants and Russian fur hats, with pathetic costumes and heapin’ helpings of misogyny and boring old war.

Supposedly set during the 1910s through the 1930s, this film is 100% in styled in the 1960s when it was filmed. Sorry, Phyllis Dalton, I know the Academy gave you the Oscar for Best Costume Design, but they clearly weren’t judging on historical accuracy. Yeah, sure, the “look” of Doctor Zhivago was super popular at the time in contemporary clothes (and still is, in some ways) with fur trim, oversized sweaters, and asymmetrical closures in high fashion being called ‘Zhivago’ style. But that’s not my issue. I’m irritated that that costumes have so little to do with the historical period of the, y’know, history of the time period the movie is set in.

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7 Responses

    • M.E. Lawrence

      It’s not a classic, it just has that “sweep” so appealing to the Oscars. Hated the damned rainbow at the end, too. But Christie is always worth watching, even in bad make-up.

  1. Johnny

    LOL agree about the hair, ratted and sprayed hair in the Russian Revolution!? But I have to say that the red dress that Julie Christie wears has a special place in my heart.

  2. Nit-Picking Badger

    This was a fabulously and (well-deserved) snarky review. I’ve never like Zhivago, even when seeing it age nine and getting told that this was fabulous. Everybody is so slap-able. And could never buy Julie Christie (in the bouffant) as this luminous creature that was a justifiable object of adoration. I saw it recently now as an adult and gosh, it’s even MORE annoying. And the costumes are hideous. I did like the the private armoured train carriage at that early age but I was strange.


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