Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-law student, kills an old pawnbroker and her sister, perhaps for money, perhaps to prove a theory about being above the law. He comes to police attention ...
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Living in squalor, a former student and loner (Raskolnikov) murders an old pawnbroker woman in order to confirm his hypothesis that certain individuals can pretermit morality in the pursuit of something greater.
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 »
Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-law student, kills an old pawnbroker and her sister, perhaps for money, perhaps to prove a theory about being above the law. He comes to police attention through normal procedures (he was the victim's client), but his outbursts make him the prime suspect of the clever Porfiry. Meanwhile, life swirls around Raskolnikov: his mother and sister come to the city followed by two older men seeking his sister's hand; he meets a drunken clerk who is then killed in a traffic accident, and he falls in love with the man's daughter, Sonia, a young prostitute. She urges him to confess, promising to follow him to Siberia. Will he accept responsibility? Written by
If you find a better adaptation of this classic, let me know.
I recently read the novel for the first time and loved it. But I really
wanted to hear the characters speak in Russian and not in the faint
British accent I imagined reading my English edition. I don't speak or
read Russian, so a film with subtitles was my only option. Having no
experience with Soviet-era cinema, and as a child of the Cold War, I'll
admit I went into the viewing with far too many suspicions of this
"state sponsored" adaptation. I was pleasantly surprised by the obvious
respect with which the story was treated.
The film perfectly captured almost every nuance of the novel, such as
Rodya's claustrophobic physical and mental existence as well as the
bleakness of St. Petersburg's slums. The characters were all faithfully
portrayed, except maybe for Svidrigailov. He seemed to be portrayed
more sympathetically than I think Dostoevsky would have intended. While
he certainly was a tragic figure, I didn't read him as being quite as
gallant as he appeared in the film.
My only other gripe is one I've read on here somewhere else. There is
no hint of the redemption Raskolnikov experiences which is so essential
to the whole story. But don't let this, or any of the other comments on
IMDb about the film's pace or length deter you from watching it. Anyone
who loves the novel and yearns to hear the story told in its native
tongue will find the experience a rewarding one.
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