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Ivan Denisovich - Part 9

Even in the GULAG, men stash their precious belongings.  The key, in Siberia, is to keep the guards from finding what the prisoners are not allowed to have.

As one day in the life of Ivan Denisovich draws to a close, he thanks God that it is over.  Alyosha, his bunk mate, tries to encourage Ivan with talk about "things of the Spirit," but it is hard for a man to live a spiritual life in a Siberian forced-labor camp.

Even when the prisoners are in bed for the night, they have no peace.  The "second count" - just one of the many ways GULAG guards exert their authority - wastes time before the exhausted men can finally wrap their cold feet in rags and get some rest before the next work day begins.

As a final act, before closing his own eyes for the night, Ivan shares a piece of his bread with Alyosha.  Sometimes a small act of kindness is what actually defines a man who is forced to live in a world of deprivation and hate.

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 4

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 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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