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Crime and Punishment (1935)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  22 November 1935 (USA)
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Roderick Raskolnikov, a brilliant criminology student and writer, becomes embittered by poverty and his inability to support his family. When he sees a desperate prostitute, Sonya, degraded by a vicious pawnbroker, Raskolnikov, a proponent of the idea that some people are imbued with such intelligence that the law cannot be applied to them as to other people, decides to rid the world of the pawnbroker and thus save his family and Sonya as well from the fate poverty forces on them. When Porphiry, the police detective investigating the murder, encounters Raskolnikov, he finds a man nearly crippled by the guilt and paranoia his deed has burdened him with. But Raskolnikov clings with as much coldness and calculation as he can muster to his guiding idea, that some crimes ought not to be punished. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Drama

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22 November 1935 (USA)  »

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Crime et châtiment  »

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Josef von Sternberg was contractually obligated to make this film, and he disliked it, saying in his autobiography that it was "no more related to the true text of the novel than the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower is related to the Russian environment." See more »

Quotes

Roderick Raskolnikov: [Looking down at the water] I wonder how many poor devils have found an answer to their questions down there. If only the dead could ever come back.
Sonya: They have!
[goes inside to fetch a book, returns]
Sonya: Remember the Raising of Lazarus?
Roderick Raskolnikov: [Takes Bible, turns it over and hands it back] Are you happy to have your Bible back?
Sonya: [excited] Would you like me to read the Raising of Lazarus?
Roderick Raskolnikov: [They go inside] I can't understand you Sonya, how can you continue living like this?
Sonya: I believe in God.
Roderick Raskolnikov: What have you or I to ...
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One of the credits reads "Story by Dostoievsky". There is an asterisk next to this credit, and at the bottom it says, "Feodor Dostoievsky, Russia's foremost author, wrote 'Crime and Punishment' in 1866'". See more »

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Nice updating of the classic novel
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Columbia Pictures updated Fydor Dostoyevsky's classic novel "Crime and Punishment" from its original era and set it during the bleak years of the Great Depression. The updating works due to an excellent director and a superb cast. Josef von Sternberg guided the production along with his usual flair, making "Crime and Punishment" an entertaining motion picture. In the film, Roderick Raskolnikov (Peter Lorre) murders a haggish, old pawnbroker and soon discovers that he hasn't committed the perfect crime. Inspector Porfiry (Edward Arnold) is on to him and starts a cat and mouse game with Roderick that nearly drives Roderick insane. Also, a sympathetic prostitute, Sonya (Marian Marsh), falls in love with Roderick and begs him to give himself up and face the punishment that is coming to him. Although clearly a B-Film (notice that there are not many extras in the cast), "Crime and Punishment" is a good example of how an entertaining film can be made on a limited budget.


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