The Pointless Century

S3E6 - Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Anna attempts to remember a book she read last summer; Rachel laments film adaptations again; Frank offers some ideas for propaganda; we all agree that this 1965 anti-Soviet film is a disappointment, but we still find things we can learn from it.

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Episode Notes

S3 E6: Doctor Zhivago

Anna attempts to remember a book she read last summer; Rachel laments film adaptations again; Frank offers some ideas for propaganda; we all agree that this 1965 anti-Soviet film is a disappointment, but we still find things we can learn from it.

Doctor Zhivago. Dir. David Lean. Writ. Robert Bolt. Perf. Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, Tom Cortenay, Geraldine Chaplin, Rita Tushingham, Klaus Kinski. MGM, 1965.

Pasternak, Boris. Doctor Zhivago. Pantheon, 1958.

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ART: Still from Doctor Zhivago (MGM, 1965)

The Pointless Century is a podcast of informal discussions about literature and film seeking to understand 20th century history and illuminate 21st century politics. Professor Frank Fucile and research assistants Anna Wendorff and Rachel Hamele work their way through comparative studies of canonical works, examples from pop culture, and some cult classics while reflecting on subjects like technology, art, class, race, gender, sexuality, the environment, (as always) war, and (inevitably) fascism.