Crime and Punishment
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.