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4 December 2020

We began with a film by David Lean and we end with one – Dr Zhivago (1965). There are no words really for this masterpiece. But here are the opening sentences of an excellent article comparing the two films: 'David Lean’s Brief Encounter and Dr Zhivago both came into the world looking likely to fail. The British critics loved Brief Encounter, while audiences let it pass by; the critics savaged Zhivago, though the public adored it.' Films, just like novels, like Persephone novels indeed, met varied reactions, have had varied reputations  – and still not everyone sees them as the great art that they are.

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