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Lara - My Years with Boris Pasternak

Lara - My Years with Boris Pasternak

The film recounts the life and love of Olga Ivinskaya for Boris Pasternak from the first time they met in 1947 to his death on 30 May 1960. Olga Ivinskaya becomes the great love of his life, and he leaves a literary memorial to her with the character of Lara in "Doctor Zhivago". It is not an easy love affair because Pasternak is not prepared to kowtow to the system and is soon being monitored by the omnipresent power apparatus. Admittedly, his fame and popularity as a writer do protect him, but his love ought to make him vulnerable and open to attack - or so his opponents think ...


Juraj Herz was born in Kezmarok/Slovakia in 1934. He studied Photography in Bratislava and Puppetry at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He then worked as a director and actor at the Semafor Theater in Prague before going to the Barrandov film studios in 1961 to become an assistant director. Active as an award-winning director, a selection of his films includes:The Junk Shop (1965), Oil Lamps (1971), Day for My Love (1976), Beauty and the Beast (1978), Bulldogs and Cherries (1981), The Magpie in the Wisp (1983), The Night Overtake Me (1986), The Frog Prince (1991), The Emperor\'s New Clothes (1994), Lara - My Years with Boris Pasternak (1994), and Habermann (2010), among others.
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1994
Director Juraj Herz
Screenplay Hans-Joerg Weiythmueller
Cinematography Rudolf Blahacek
Ingrid Wolff
Zdenek Merta
Cast Olga Ivinskaja
Producer Karel Dirka
Production Companies Bayerischer Rundfunk, ART-OKO Film/Munich
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Karlovy Vary 1994, Chicago 1994
German Distributor Nil Film Art & Entertainment/Munich

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