The First Circle

1977, Movie, NR, 189 mins

Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s international best-seller vividly relocated Dante’s inferno to a Russian gulag in which Stalin is Satan and Russian penal colonies hell-holes. Unfotunately, the combination of Sheldon Larry's static direction and the cast's mishmash of accents keep this television adaptation from achieving the same power and profundity.

When not purging dissidents, Stalin (F. Murray Abraham) focuses on developing a nuclear bomb and in 1949 relocates the Soviet Union's intellectual and scientific creme de la crème to Mavrino Prison. Unlike other punitive jails, it's geared to encouraging former radicals to busy themselves with their specia...

Released: 1977 Rated: NR Length: 189 mins

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