Ryevsk, Russia, 1870. Tensions abound in the Karamazov family. Fyodor is a wealthy libertine who holds his purse strings tightly. His four grown sons include Dmitri, the eldest, an elegant ... See full summary »
Ryevsk, Russia, 1870. Tensions abound in the Karamazov family. Fyodor is a wealthy libertine who holds his purse strings tightly. His four grown sons include Dmitri, the eldest, an elegant officer, always broke and at odds with his father, betrothed to Katya, herself lovely and rich. The other brothers include a sterile aesthete, a factotum who is a bastard, and a monk. Family tensions erupt when Dmitri falls in love with one of his father's mistresses, the coquette Grushenka. Two brothers see Dmitri's jealousy of their father as an opportunity to inherit sooner. Acts of violence lead to the story's conclusion: trials of honor, conscience, forgiveness, and redemption. Written by
I was not expecting to like this movie...I usually don't care for movies that are 2 1/2 hours long and are based on a classic Russian novel. However, after only watching 5 minutes at the beginning, I was totally pulled in and stayed for the entire movie! Yul Brynner was terrific in his role and was as was Lee J. Cobb. William Shatner (in his earliest starring role) is fun to watch because every so often one can see Captain Kirk in him. The issues discussed (is there a God?...is there right and wrong?) are treated in a way without getting pretentious and preachy. The story of greed, living life to its fullest, deception, and shame drives the story along at a good pace.
The film probably does not follow the book closely (as most Hollywood production tend to change things around), however, this film stands alone as a powerful movie, regardless of how little it followed the book.
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