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Crime and Punishment (1935)

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Roderick Raskolnikov, Peter Lorre, graduates from a Russian University with honors. He is a hailed as a authority on crime.  His mother and sister come to visit him for his graduation.  When he later learns they are coming to visit him at his apartment he attempts to hide his poverty by pawning a heirloom watch he received at his graduation.  At the pawn shop he meets a poor woman named Sonya (Marian Marsh) attempting to pawn her Bible.  The pawnbroker is a real you know what and agrees to give her 6 rubles for the Bible, then only gives her 1 citing that Sonya owes her for other pawn items.  The pawnbroker then pushes Sonya out of her shop after Sonya accepts the ruble.   Roderick is looking at this with distain for the pawnbroker. He pawns his watch and finds Sonya outside looking for her ruble that she dropped when pushed out of the shop. 

From there, the plot takes a turn and keeps you engaged all the way through to the finale. I'm not gonna give anymore about the plot.  The director, Joseph Von Sternberg,  disliked the film and only did it for contractual reasons.  Peter Lorre wanted the film made and it is he who carries this film and makes it actually a pretty good film.   I rank it a solid 7.5 out of 10... Here is a excellent review for the film:

http://sensesofcinema.com/2004/cteq/crime_and_punishment/


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This aired on TCM maybe a half-a-dozen weekends ago. I caught the first thirty minutes but it didn't drawn me in. Moribund, flat, and turgid were my first impressions. This, even though I am a big fan of the novel; and the author too--somehow the picture just didn't look the way I thought it would. I always recalled Raskolnikov as a poor student in a shabby overcoat. I'd sincerely like to believe in the glowing reviews, I admire Von Sternberg and Lorre... but...

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On 10/18/2018 at 8:20 PM, Sgt_Markoff said:

This aired on TCM maybe a half-a-dozen weekends ago. I caught the first thirty minutes but it didn't drawn me in. Moribund, flat, and turgid were my first impressions. This, even though I am a big fan of the novel; and the author too--somehow the picture just didn't look the way I thought it would. I always recalled Raskolnikov as a poor student in a shabby overcoat. I'd sincerely like to believe in the glowing reviews, I admire Von Sternberg and Lorre... but...

I haven't read the novel so I came into the picture with no expectations.  I enjoyed it. I'm a big Lorre fan so I am biased in that regard, 😄...

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