COLD PLACE: Various winter locations in Russia
Spanning the tumultuous years that gave birth to the Soviet Union, Dr. Zhivago is a grand and glorious epic. Director David Lean wisely makes the landscape a character unto itself (and succeeds in passing off parts of Spain, where the movie was largely filmed, as Mother Russia). In perhaps the movie’s most memorable scene, Yuri Zhivago (played with soulful intensity by Omar Sharif) and his lover Lara (a luminous Julie Christie) return to their ice-covered home in Varykino, now seized and property of “the people.”
WHERE THESE SCENES WERE SHOT: Most of the movie — including the “ice palace” scene (in a set dressed with frozen beeswax) — was filmed in Spain; many winter scenes were shot in Finland and Canada.
OTHER “COLD” MOVIES SET IN RUSSIA: Enemy at the Gates, Stalingrad, Gorky Park, Alexander Nevsky, and Derzu Uzala
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