Crime and Punishment

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Far from Sternberg's best, but still a fairly impressive, if overly condensed, adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel. Lorre is highly effective as the arrogant Raskolnikov, committing a murder and then battling it out both with his conscience and with police inspector Arnold. The strongest scenes, in fact, are those dealing with the cat-and-mouse games between the two men, although the whole thing benefits from Lucien Ballard's characteristically fine photography. Of course it falls a long way short of the book in terms of philosophical import and characterisation, but it's pretty compelling nevertheless.


Release details

88 mins

Cast and crew

Josef von Sternberg
SK Lauren, Joseph Anthony
Edward Arnold
Peter Lorre
Marian Marsh
Tala Birell
Elisabeth Risdon
Mrs Patrick Campbell
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