Singing the Internationale in Doctor Zhivago (film still from Doctor Zhivago)

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

The incident with Lili Muráti and the train wasn’t the only tense moment during the filming of Doctor Zhivago.

Much of the film was shot in Spain, with the streets of Madrid redressed to become Moscow. So when the crowds of Spanish extras march through the streets singing the communist Internationale, they had good reason: they were living under the dictator Francisco Franco.

The secret police took a dim view of all this revolutionary singing and kept a close eye on the extras, while apparently some local residents also misunderstood the singing, and toasted the revolution.

One Response to “Singing the Internationale in Doctor Zhivago”

  1. Cel Verbunt

    I see the Russian word БРАТСВО (brotherhood) , but I think it should be БРАТСТВO . Or am I wrong ?

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