One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (film)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Directed by Caspar Wrede
Produced by Caspar Wrede
Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
Based on One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Starring Tom Courtenay
Espen Skjønberg
James Maxwell
Music by Arne Nordheim
Cinematography Sven Nykvist
Hans Nord
Distributed by Norsk Film A/S
Release dates
  • 7 December 1970 (1970-12-07) (Sweden)
  • 16 May 1971 (1971-05-16) (United States)
Running time Germany: 105 min
Norway: 104 min
USA: 100 min
Country UK / Norway
Language English

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a joint Norwegian-British 1970 film based on the novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with the same name. The Norwegian title is En dag i Ivan Denisovitsj' liv. The movie stars Tom Courtenay as the title character, a prisoner in the Soviet gulag system of the 1950s who endures a long prison sentence. It tells of one routine day in his life.

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Finnish film director Jörn Donner tried to get the film to Finland, but the Finnish Board of Film banned the showing of the film and Donner complained to Supreme Administrative Court of Finland in 1972. The Supreme Administrative Court voted for the banning 5-4 on 28 February 1972. In 1972 and 1974 Swedish television showed the film and the Swedish television mast on the Åland Islands was shut down during the movie because Finns were banned from seeing the film.

Director of the Finnish Board of Film Jerker Eeriksson said that the banning of the film was political because it harmed the Finnish-Soviet relationship. Director of the film Caspar Wrede, who then lived in England, didn't want to campaign against the banning in order to avoid bad publicity abroad.

The film was shown in Finland in 1993 and 1994 in the movie theater Orion in Helsinki and in the cinema club in Vaasa. Finnish television showed the film in 1996 on the TV1 YLE channel.

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