Crime and Punishment Reviews

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rubystevens
Super Reviewer
May 4, 2009
how is it this film has so few ratings on flixster? it's very entertaining! lorre is great as the arrogant impoverished writer who sees himself as a 'superman' like his hero napoleon but is ultimately undone by his own conscience. of course no film will entirely live up to a great novel and this is an oversimplified version to be sure; the odd mix of accents barely acknowledge the russian setting. it's a hollywood bastardization of dostoyevsky so be prepared but definitely worth it for lorre fans
May 23, 2013
Excellent film, regardless of the era it was filmed in. Lorre plays a genius who is too depressed by both family circumstances and greater societal realities to try and better himself. To quote A.N. Whitehead (1861 - 1947); "A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance." The ending is a bit simplistic and "Hollywood", but that doesn't make the film and it's layers of messages any less worth discussing afterwards. Note that Edward Arnold later became president of the SAG, and Mrs. Cambell was a voice/acting coach who later died in Europe of natural causes just as her visa to escape Naziism was approved.
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