Gleb Panfilov's film has not been the first attempt to bring the cognominal novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn to the big screen. There were "The First Circle" of Alexander Ford's, 1973, and a two-part Franch-Canadian feature of the same name filmed in the 80th but both really bombed. Panfilov's serial is the first screen version the script to which has been written by Solzhenitsyn! The author has already partially seen the draft variant of the film and it has made a good impression on him. The film is not only in sync with his conceptions but in many respects even develops original characters, as the wife of the master testifies.