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Ivan Denisovich - Part 4

The camp makes a profit from the prisoners' work, but nothing is shared with the zeks (as camp prisoners are called).  Their reward is food. 

The system is set-up so the men push each other.  If one person slacks-off, everyone is punished.

Attempting to show what can happen when a government has too much authority, Solzhenitsyn's novel has a guard declare that when the sun is at high noon, it's really 1 o'clock (not 12 o'clock).  Hearing such lunacy, Ivan Denisovich wonders if the Soviet government can even tell the sun what to do.

That famous scene from the novel - illustrating what happens when a government has run amuck - is depicted in this clip. 

Having served eight years - of his ten-year sentence - Ivan Denisovich reveals why he is in a Siberian forced-labor camp.  He was accused of surrendering to the Germans, during World War II, with the alleged intention of betraying his country. 

The incident happened in February of 1942, when the whole "Red Army" was cut off.  Five men, who had been captured by the Germans, managed to escape.  When those who survived returned to their own lines, they told the truth about what had happened (instead of saying they were lost in the forest).

Despite no evidence to support its claims, the government said Ivan had returned home with instructions from the enemy (although no one ever produced evidence about any such thing). 

To avoid being shot, Ivan Denisovich signed a confession which turned him into a political prisoner of (and a forced laborer for) the Soviet government).

See, also:

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 1

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 2

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 3

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 5

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 6

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 7

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 8

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 9

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Part 10


Media Credits

Clip from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970).  The film is a joint British-Norwegian production mostly filmed, in very cold weather, in Norway.  Copyright, Norsk Film A/S, all rights reserved.  Online, courtesy YouTube.  Provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the film.

Director:
Caspar Wrede

Screenplay (based on Solzhenitsyn’s book):
Ronald Harwood

Cinematography:    
Sven Nykvist
Hans Nord

Starring:

Tom Courtenay - Ivan Denisovich Shukov
Espen Skjønberg - Tiurin
Alf Malland - Fetiukov

Production Companies:

Group W Films LLC
Leontes
Norsk Film

Year of Release - 1970


Run time:
101 minutes

 

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