One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

  • 1971
  • Movie
  • G
  • Drama

Alexander Solzhenitsyn's popular novel of life in a Soviet prison camp was brought to the screen the year after the author won the Nobel Prize for literature. Set in the early 1950s, it depicts 24 hours in the life of a prisoner (Courtenay) who is in the eighth year of a 10-year term in one of Josef Stalin's Siberian labor camps. Over the course of the...read more

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn's popular novel of life in a Soviet prison camp was brought to the screen the year after the author won the Nobel Prize for literature. Set in the early 1950s, it depicts 24 hours in the life of a prisoner (Courtenay) who is in the eighth year of a 10-year term in one

of Josef Stalin's Siberian labor camps. Over the course of the day, Courtenay conspires to get extra food and to avoid punishment, while also engaging in competitive wall-building with a fellow prisoner. The film accurately captures the bleakness of the camp and serves as a worthy tribute to the

indomitable spirit of its subjects, yet fails to bring the audience closer to the characters. Instead, the players are isolated, treated more as symbols than humans. This is particularly the case with Courtenay, whose Leontes Production company was one of the film's three coproducers. Nykvist's

contributed the film's greatest strength: the brilliantly photographed location scenes at Roros, Norway, near the Arctic Circle. This was the second filming of Solzhenitsyn's novel; it was first filmed in 1963 for NBC's "Chrysler Theatre" and starred Jason Robards, Jr.

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  • Released: 1971
  • Rating: G
  • Review: Alexander Solzhenitsyn's popular novel of life in a Soviet prison camp was brought to the screen the year after the author won the Nobel Prize for literature. Set in the early 1950s, it depicts 24 hours in the life of a prisoner (Courtenay) who is in the e… (more)

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