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Crime And Punishment [2002] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Crispin Glover, Vanessa Redgrave, John Hurt, Margot Kidder
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ilc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W0ZDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,652 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A modern day adaptation of Dostoyevsky's classic novel about a young student who is forever haunted by the murder he has committed.

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By HJ on 27 Jan. 2007
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You'll probably see 'Ben Kingsley' and assume this will be good, and in some ways it is, it's not entirely awful, but how could anyone think that condensing a 500 page novel into 87 minutes was a good idea? Should have been 120 minutes minimum, and besides that other things let it down, for instance the costumes feel a bit too much like costumes, I think everyone is miscast apart from Kingsley and Dempsey, I wouldn't have gone for Russian accents because unless people are going to pull them off 100% it's better not to do it, and the whole thing felt like a rushed dress rehersal. When is there going to be an impressive English language movie adaptation of this book? Can someone prevail upon Martin Scorsese perhaps, I think he'd do a good job, and I'd cast Christian Bale as Raskolnikov and Alison Lohman as Sonia...
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A tale based around PTSD, a condition often arising after committing a murder as the schism between conscience and deed leads to a chasm. It arises constantly in psychopathology as something needing to be drowned. Unless the deed is committed for some greater cause, there is always a psychological rebound, and even the rationalism for killing needs a deep sense of burial.

Dostoevsky explores the psychology of the killer and its rebound effects. This film undertaken in Hungary, utilises the drenched central European poverty to repopulate the 1860's Russian era. The acting uses mitteleurope actors, with their wrecked gnarled faces, to deliver a spirit to the acrid smell of sewer scenes. Drenched with their accented heavy English, this was a flourish that kept it realistic and in tune with an era. (I recently watched a Chinese film dubbed into American English and although brilliant acting, the accents grated away the positives).

Intertwined within the plot are two love stories, both involving the subordination of women; selling sex to keep a family afloat, jealousy, sterile marriages and pre Nietzschean dreams of supermen.

I have not seen the other films, so cannot compare this with other Crime and Punishment attempts. Thankfully here, love is the redemption rather than Christ, as that would have made it a too cloying an ending to a film. It helps to captures that certain pensive mood.

The characters, seemingly drawn from spaghetti westerns, have those lived in visages, an antidote to any American production, with its clean scrubbed wonder teeth and mullets. This made a welcome addition to the cinematic effect.
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like the book rubbish
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HASH(0x8eac9e94) out of 5 stars A Sensitive Film 8 Jan. 2013
By E. J. Ludwig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Crispin Glover gives a sensitive and profound performance as Rodio Raskolnikov. We see his unusual sensitivity and introspective personality -- a real intellectual -- within the context of a deep pride that, like Uriah Heap, tends to feign humility. He is portrayed as at once smug, pitiful, too smart for his own good, and yet marvelously sincere. He manages to appear good even though he is a hideous murderer. It is the reverse of Dorian Grey. In Raskolnikov's case, the more we travel with him trying to cope with his murders and avoid prosecution, the more we sense his goodness. Though he is a murderer, I could not find it in myself to dislike him or to judge him harshly. Rather, I sympathized with him and with his moral and personal psychological struggles. Mr. Glover thus pulled off his role to a T, and the rest of the supporting cast really gave me a sense that I was in Russia where everyone is trying hard, and often succeeding in keeping up appearances; yet human degradation keeps breaking through. Sonja the prostitute turns out to be the most loving and noble of all those in the story; and, in a way, her love for Raskolnikov brings out the best in her. His crime/failure has a redemptive effect upon her life. If you are patient, and ripe for a deeper type of film experience, this version of Crime and Punishment is for you.
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Updating an 1800s Russian classic to present day is risky; using an American (Glover) and 2 Brits (Redgrave and Hurt) to play Russians is even riskier. But somehow everyone pulls it off: scriptwriter, director, actors. Hurt's narrative is perfect and moves the film along; Glover's descent into ever deepening madness is unhinging; and Redgrave reveals vulnerability only known by mothers.
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