Yuri & Lara

SusanWritesPrecise/ Susan Marie Shuman

This week at Song Lyric Sunday, Jim has asked us to choose a song featured prominently in a movie. Dr. Zhivago immediately came to mind — one of the sweetest, most heartbreaking love stories EVER (in my opinion). The song that accompanies it, Lara’s Theme, is beautiful.

 

Somewhere, my love there will be songs to sing
Although the snow covers the hope of spring
Somewhere a hill blossoms in green and gold
And there are dreams all that your heart can hold

Someday we’ll meet again my love
Someday whenever the spring breaks through

You’ll come to me out of the long ago
Warm as the wind, soft as the kiss of snow
Lara my own, think of me now and then
God speed my love till you are mine again

You’ll come to me out of the long ago
Warm as the wind soft as the kiss of snow
Till then my sweet think of me now and then
God speed my love ’til you are mine again

Songwriters: MAURICE JARRE, PAUL FRANCIS WEBSTER
© GUY WEBSTER/WEBSTER MUSIC
For non-commercial use only.
Data From: LyricFind

While working on the soundtrack for Doctor Zhivago, Maurice Jarre was asked by director David Lean to come up with a theme for the character of Lara, played by Julie Christie. Initially Lean had desired to use a well-known Russian song but could not locate the rights to it, and delegated responsibility to Jarre. After several unsuccessful attempts at writing it, Lean suggested to Jarre that he go to the mountains with his girlfriend and write a piece of music for her. Jarre says that the resultant piece was “Lara’s Theme”, and Lean liked it well enough to use it in numerous tracks for the film. In editing Zhivago, Lean and producer Carlo Ponti reduced or outright deleted many of the themes composed by Jarre; Jarre was angry because he felt that an over-reliance on“Lara’s Theme” would ruin the soundtrack.
Vocal versions include recordings by Connie Francis (in English as Somewhere, My Love, in Spanish as Sueño de Amor, and in Italian as Dove non so), by The Ray Conniff Singers (in English as Somewhere, My Love), by Karel Gott (in German as Weißt du, wohin), as well as by Tereza Kesovija, who sang it first in France, and then by John William and by Les Compagnons de la Chanson (in French as La Chanson de Lara)

[Item] As with so many actors of his era, Omar Sharif seemed unable to make a film without sleeping with his co-star. While he was put off by Julie Christie’s habit of eating fried egg sandwiches on set, he fell for Barbra Streisand when they made Funny Girl in 1968. Read more here.

 

 

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