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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

1935 / 88min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOSEF VON STERNBERG

CAST: PETER LORRE, EDWARD ARNOLD, GENE LOCKHART

CINEMATOGRAPHY - LUCIEN BALLARD
EDITING - RICHARD CAHOON
PRODUCER - B.P. SCHULBERG
SET DECORATION - STEPHEN GOOSSON

There have been many film versions of it over the past hundred years—but this one is by Josef von Sternberg. His little-seen adaptation of the classic Russian novel boils the source material down to a sweaty essence. The film was shot by Lucien Ballard (who also was the cinematographer on Craig’s Wife, another Old & Improved pick, not to mention Kubrick’s The Killing and Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch!), and stars Peter Lorre, a natural fit for Dostoevsky’s antihero for the ages, Raskolnikov.

Restoration courtesy of the Library of Congress.