Art, professionalism and relevance
Преступление Бориса Пастернака

This individual had lived a talented, happy, dramatic, and amazing life. Several events didn’t just predetermine his destiny; they sealed his fate. They caused a deadly humiliation, and at the same time, they exalted him to the extent of immortality.    

We’re referring to the following events. Pasternak’s novel, Doctor Zhivago was banned in the USSR, and then all of a sudden it was published abroad under some absolutely incredible circumstances. And soon, in spite of the pressure and ultimatums by the USSR, the Nobel Prize Committee gave Boris Pasternak one of the most prestigious literature awards. However the persecution that followed it killed Pasternak.

So far Pasternak had been referred to as a victim of tragic circumstances. Nobody had ever stated openly and reasonably that it was Pasternak himself initiated those events, rather than the fate or some mystical coincidence. He orchestrated them. None of the 20th-century literature works had been as lucky with their promotion as Doctor Zhivago. After the Nobel Prize scandal, the novel sales were boosted to an unprecedented height. These were abroad sales, though. The book was only published in Russia 30 years after the author’s passing.

Pasternak’s story had a sad ending. However he wasn’t a suicide case; he wasn’t pounding his chest or throwing himself under tanks.

One of the film characters, Yevgeny Pasternak, Boris’s older son admits that his father had been programmed for longevity, and that he would’ve survived all the prosecutions had he not lived a very complicated personal life, which he was sharing between two homes. He was crushed by that fatal ambiguity, which still weighs down those who had been related to Pasternak’s destiny. As one of the film’s female characters put it, they lifted him up on a pedestal while he was a living person. One of the film’s crucial tasks was to reconstruct Pasternak’s contradictory image while portraying him as a living person.