So this year for my birthday, one of the gifts my mother sent me was the movie Doctor Zhivago. Daniel and I have been putting off watching it, mostly because it’s something like 3 and 1/2 hours long. We just had to flip the dvd over at “intermission”. So far, I am still waiting for the rising action. We looked on the case, and it won 5 Academy Awards. You might think “Hey, that’s really impressive!” until you see that almost all of them dealt with the fact that it was in color. So, essentially, it was the Avatar of 1965. But with sad Russian people. If you have never read the book or sat through the movie, it’s about the Russian Revolution. Doctor Zhivago is, indeed, a doctor, but he doesn’t seem to really support either side of the revolution. (On a side note: Alec Guinness plays Zhivago’s brother. Some of you may know him as Obi-Wan Kenobi, from the first Star Wars movies.) To quote The Who, this movie is very “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”, and Zhivago is just trying to survive and to stay on the “right” side of the revolution. Also, apparently Doctor Zhivago is the only doctor in Russia, because he just keeps getting recruited (and by recruited, I mean ambushed in the middle of the road on a horse and taken away to serve in the army).
I only wanted to watch it because I thought there was an intense, epic love story, like the Titanic of 1965. But with sad Russian people. So far, there really hasn’t been much development.
The point is…Daniel and I are both bored, but we are committed. We are going to finish this thing. Has it been worth it? Absolutely not. Am I still remaining optimistic that the last 30 minutes could turn this thing around? A little.
Aside from the movie, today was a gorgeous day around Rochester. Daniel and I took a long walk, and I took some pictures around the neighborhood.
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