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Raskolnikov Peter Lorre graduates with highest honors from university and makes his mother and sister proud. He goes on to write scholarly articles on criminology.
He has a sort of Nietzschean theory that ordinary standards cannot be applied to extraordinary men. When he discovers that his sister has lost her position and feels forced to marry a horrible beaurocrat to support herself and their mother, he snaps and murders the pawnbroker for her money.
According to the commentary track on Mad Love, Peter Lorre agreed to star in that film in exchange for a guarantee that he could make this one. I am glad it worked out because he is simply fantastic in it.
It is great to see him exercise a full range of emotion in a complex leading role. My favorite parts were immediately after the crime when the character decided that he no longer feared anything. I laughed out loud several times at the way Lorre delivered the many zingers.
He is also pathetic, tender, and hysterical as the moment requires. Marian Marsh is very good and Edward Arnold is almost satanic as the inspector. The film looks quite beautiful despite its low budget thanks to cinematography by Lucien Ballard.
The complete film is currently available at a couple of different obvious online video sources. To view clips on TCM. There is something about that strange looking little man which can either be pathetic or menacing. He could play it either way, or he could be Joel Cairo in Maltese Falcon with a totally different persona.Quotes For Writers.
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Petersburg. A review of Crime and Punishment () directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Peter Lorre, Edward Arnold, and Marian Marsh. In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, a former student named Raskolnikov plans and perpetrates a savage murder in order to test his theory that he is an extraordinary man.
In , a widower lumbered with his brother’s debts, Dostoevsky began developing a novella attacking nihilist St Petersburg in the form of “the psychological account of a crime” – the murder by a university dropout of a local moneylender, on the strength of “half-baked” notions “floating about in the air”.
The two popular translations of ‘Crime and Punishment’ before the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, were by Constance Garnett and David McDuff.