Muichkine, a young Russian prince, returns home to St. Petersburg from a mental institution, determined to spread decency and kindness in the harsh and cruel world. He becomes betrothed to ...
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Upon Prince Myshkin's return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young Aglaya, daughter of a wealthy father. But his deepest emotion is for ... See full summary »
Muichkine, a young Russian prince, returns home to St. Petersburg from a mental institution, determined to spread decency and kindness in the harsh and cruel world. He becomes betrothed to an innocent young girl while trying to save a less-innocent woman from her own travail, but jealousy and his own naivete conjoin to bring about unimaginable tragedy. Written by
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Tender and tormented: a lost soul in his own world
Georges Lampin gets out of his way to sound Russian ,like all the French directors who came before and took classics to the screen ,and they were numerous,mainly in the thirties .Lampin would return to Russia with his own "Crime Et Chatiment"in 1956 in a Frenchified version.
here ,only a poster in Russian for a concert,the Kopeks ,a brief moment of folk music and the names (with a view on the town,shown to make us comprehend that man's world is that of corruption,selfishness, self-interested motives,and money matches.The stellar cast ,including Marguerite Moreno,Lucien Coedel,Edwige Feuillère ,give their characters substance .But the stand out is Gérard Philippe,the man with the child in his eyes,who is not at the top of the cast and credits because he was relatively unknown (he was also credited as "supporting" in the contemporary "Pays Sans Etoiles").Philippe's last scene is absolutely prodigious and compares favorably with what Hitchcock would do with Anthony Perkins in the last pictures of "psycho" .
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