Crime and Punishment

Synopsis: Roderick Raskolnikov, a brilliant criminology student and writer, becomes embittered by poverty and his inability to support his family. When he sees a desperate prostitute, Sonya, degraded by a vicious pawnbroker, Raskolnikov, a proponent of the idea that some people are imbued with such intelligence that the law cannot be applied to them as to other people, decides to rid the world of the pawnbroker and thus save his family and Sonya as well from the fate poverty forces on them. When Porphiry, the police detective investigating the murder, encounters Raskolnikov, he finds a man nearly crippled by the guilt and paranoia his deed has burdened him with. But Raskolnikov clings with as much coldness and calculation as he can muster to his guiding idea, that some crimes ought not to be punished.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Josef von Sternberg
Production: B.P. Schulberg Productions
88 min

CRIME AND PUNISHMEN The time of our story is any time,

the place any place where

human hearts respond

to love and hate,

pity and terror.

To all of you, we have given what we could,

our fount of knowledge, our discipline,

all the ideals that we hold precious.

We've nothing more to give you

but our prayers and our hopes.

The future is yours.

May you take it into your

strong, young hands with a high purpose.

Bend it to your will.

Shape it into a brave and shining destiny.

And now, it is my great pleasure

to confer our academic degree with honour

on the most distinguished student

of this class.

Roderick Raskolnikov, step forward.

In the history of our institution,

there have been few young men

who compared with him in mental brilliance

and few for whom

the future held greater promise.

I extend my congratulations to his mother

and to his sister,

to whom this present moment

is the reward for years of sacrifice.

I've spoken for the university.

Now I want to speak for myself.

I am proud to have had you as one of us,

sad that you are leaving.

Good luck to you. God bless you!

"There have been few who've

compared with him in mental brilliance

"and few for whom the future

held greater promise."

- Tony!

- Mother, help!

- Here, here! Here, wait a minute.

- Oh, Dmitri!

- Have you met my sister, Antonia?

- Informally.

- How are you doing?

- Mother, this is Dmitri.

My son has mentioned you in every letter.

He tells me you're his best friend.

Don't you believe him.

He's no friend of mine.

A man who rooms with me for years

and never tells me about his sister!

- I did tell you.

- But not enough!

How was I to know from looking at you

that she was so beautiful?

Here's your chance, Tony.

No brains, not much money, but enough,

so work fast!

Oh, Roderick, I'm so happy.

This watch was your father's.

He told me to give it to you on this day.

How proud he'd have been.

If only he could've have lived

to give it to you himself.


Brilliant Article By Unknown Writer

"One of last year's university graduates,

"whose name the editor didn't think

important enough to mention,

"has startled the world of criminology."

Good afternoon.

We haven't seen much of you

these past two days.

Have you been praying or only fasting?

I've been contemplating life.

You'd better contemplate the rent.

I haven't had a penny out of you

in six months.

How much longer do you expect me to wait?

Can you stand to strain

another half hour?

Oh, you're going to pay me

in half an hour?

And if it isn't being too personal,

just how are you going to raise the money?

I'm going to rob a bank.

You think you're funny? Well, I don't.

Pack up your things and get out of here.

Leave you? I couldn't do that.

I'm too attached to you.

You pay your rent tonight,

or I'll take measures.

You're a disgrace to my house.

Someday, they'll put a sign on it

telling the world

that I, Raskolnikov, once had

the privilege of starving here.

- Dmitri!

- Roderick!

There's something I had to show you.

Have you seen this?

There's an article in this called

"Sidelights on Crime,"

and it contains some of the theories

you're always talking about.

It's great.

It'll upset a lot of old-fashioned nonsense.

You must read it.

Not bad.

- Say, have you read this before?

- Not since I wrote it.

I should have known that nobody but you

could have written this article.

Have you seen the review on it?

Well, doesn't it make you feel good?

As a matter of fact, it's a bit


I'm getting more of a thrill out of this

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Joseph Anthony

Joseph Anthony (May 24, 1912 – January 20, 1993) was an American playwright, actor, and director. He made his film acting debut in the 1934 film Hat, Coat, and Glove and his theatrical acting debut in a 1935 production of Mary of Scotland. On five occasions he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction. more…

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