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Crime and Punishment

  • 1935
  • Pierre Chenal
  • 110 mins

Summary

Crime drama starring Harry Bauer and Pierre Blanchar. A Russian student plans the murder of a pawnbroker to help his mother and sister. After the crime is committed he feels considerable remorse but believes he has got away with the perfect crime, especially when the police do not seem to suspect him.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In a year that saw the release of two film versions of Dostoyevsky's classic tale of guilt and pursuit, two actors had varying degrees of success in the principal role. While Peter Lorre enhanced his reputation in Josef von Sternberg's Hollywood rendition, Pierre Blanchar walked away with the best actor prize at Venice for his portrayal of Raskolnikov, the angst-ridden student whose killing of a pawnbroker brings the relentless police inspector Porphyre (Harry Baur) down on his head. Blanchar is matched all the way by the brilliant Baur, but this is as much a triumph of art direction as it is of acting, with the doom-laden sets superbly capturing the poverty and despair that make Raskolnikov the most sympathetic of murderers.

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Credits

Cast

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PorphyreHarry Baur
RaskolnikovPierre Blanchar
SoniaMadeleine Ozeray
Madame RaskolnikovMarcelle Géniat
DouniaLucienne Lemarchand
RaxoumikhineAlexandre Rignault
AlionaMagdelaine Berubet
LoujineAlme Clariond
Catherine IvanovnaSylvie
MarmeladovDelaitre

Crew

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DirectorPierre Chenal

Details

Languages
French
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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