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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

L for Lara, ABC Wednesday; Thursday Theme Song

Omar Sharif

Julie Christie


French composer and conductor Maurice Jarre was asked by film director David Lean to compose a theme for the character of Lara, played by Julie Christie in the 1965 movie Doctor Zhivago, based on Russian writer Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning novel about the years surrounding the Russian Revolution.


Lara's Theme remains to this day one of the most recognizable movie themes ever written.
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Later, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster were added to the music and eventually recorded as the song Somewhere, My Love by Connie Francis. The most popular recording of the song, however, was made by Ray Conniff with his orchestra and singers.

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29 comments:

Meryl said...

I loved that movie. Got a bit tired of the theme because it was played so often, but now simply feel nostalgic.

Gigi Ann said...

That is a very beautiful song. I have to say I am probably the only person on the planet that has not watched this movie.

Jane and Chris said...

Now I'm going to have to buy the DVD!
Jane x

Kathy Bischoping said...

aaah, I remember dancing around to this and thinking it was SOOOO romantic...

Nanka said...

David Lean's movies were very successful at the box office here!! Julie Christie was well liked and so was the film Dr Zhivago.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984) were his other movies which I remember too as big hits!! So your L for Lara and Lean is very interesting!!

Carver said...

Great choice for L day. I find myself humming that theme a lot.

aka Penelope said...

Oh, this post has brought back memories of a simply gorgeous movie visually that was also a delight to hear! The heart-tugging music and beautiful scenes, many of which were amid pristine falling snow, captured my imagination … yet I can barely recall the lovely Lara. :)

mrsnesbitt said...

Was this the father of John Michelle Jarre? Oxygen theme genius? If so - we learn something new every ABC Wednesday! Thanks so much.
Denise ABC Team

Roger Owen Green said...

I must say that I found Dr. Z a tad too long for my taste. But the theme is beautiful. And so was Julie Christie.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hildred and Charles said...

Such haunting music - the photography in this movie was incredible and combined with the music and the plot it was truly memorable.

Dianne said...

I loved that film with the handsome Omar Sharif and the hauntingly beautiful music "Lara's Theme" - Happy memories of a wonderful film!

Leslie: said...

Ah, one of my all-time favourite movies! Loved it way back when and still recognize the music! I even considered naming my first daughter Lara, but it had become such a common name by then, I didn't.

Have a lovely week,

Leslie
abcw team

Joy said...

Good choice for L, wonderful film, I always think of the snow, Lean was a superb director. I still have the album of the music (so old it is on vinyl), seen the film umpteen times and read the book, guess I must like it:-)

chubskulit said...

Never seen the movie, hope I could.

Lessons at Home is one of my entries.

Tumblewords: said...

One of my all time favorite movies! Magical!

ChrisJ said...

The music is lovely especially when it is played on the mandolin -- or is it a balalaika? Probably the latter.

James said...

I have to admit that I really liked this move. :) The song gives me a strange sort of lonely nostalgic feeling.

magiceye said...

one of my favs!!

Paula Scott said...

Although a very lovely and catchy piece of music-not a good thing to have swimming around in your head right before bedtime!

Fran said...

Oh, the romance of it all - one of my favourites too x

Gattina said...

I loved this movie ! Omar Sharif looked great !!

Linnea said...

Loved the movie! A pianist played that song at my wedding...a long time ago!

Jo Bryant said...

I think I have always been a little enamoured with Omar - great post - loved the movie - wow - that was years ago I saw it.

Friko said...

Brilliant film, they don't make them like that anymore.
The tune was great, the scenery was great and the actors were gloriously beautiful, male and female.

Inger-M said...

I loved that movie, and the music! It was one of the first movies I ever saw in a cinema. Over here it had a 16 year age limit, and I was under 16 when it was showing, but they would let you in if accompanied by an adult, so I talked my mom into taking me. Great post!

Carola Bartz said...

This is one of my favorite movies ever!!! I love it and have seen it several times. And yes, Maurice Jarre is the father of Jean Michel Jarre - quite amazing both.

SquirrelQueen said...

I loved that song almost as much as the movie. I'm probably one of the few who read the book before seeing the movie and I was swept away by both. Being a young teen (yep, I read the book at that age) I also had a crush on Omar Sharif.

jabblog said...

I loved the film, mostly for Omar Sharif;-)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

What a great one. As always.