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A character review of rodya raskolnikov in the movie crime and punishment

Joseph Sargent The film focus is on Rodya, a young atheist student who mixes social idealism a theological given with delusions of grandeur. To a large extent the story follows the aftermath of his murders. It never successfully comes to a point where he repents of murdering the old parasitical crone Alena, although her dying has haunted him.

Review: A Psychological Look at Crime and Punishment

He slides into paranoia and away from his former idealism, though still acts as benefactor to the Marmeladov family. His self-belief supermen don't get caught has been shaken, and the police chief Porfiry investigating the sisters' murders perturbs him. I felt it unclear whether Porfiry wishes Rodya an unalloyed "get it off your chest" wellness, or also has a greedy eye for stolen gold.

Indeed I felt a number of loose ends were left. This encourages one to read the book! Spiritually drowning, "a monster", Rodya asks Sonia Marmeladova to help him resurface through a Lazarus' experience cf. She, earlier forced into prostitution to feed her family, has had a Bible given by Elizaveta, and believes that God alone, or at least Faith alone, can save Rodya, whom she is deeply gratefully to, and probably would marry for love.

She says that repentance leading to confession of his crime, inviting civil punishment, is the key to saving his soul. In the camp a chaplain raises the cry, "Christ is risen". Russian Orthodoxy was a key element in Russian society, yet it is probably true to say that Rodya's salvation is merely of the soul psychenot quite of the spirit. Still a movement in the right direction. Human loves can reflect the Sonia factorand thus point to, transcendent love, though in themselves become demonic as the murders show the Alena factor.

Issues such as class divides, the problem of pain within theism, and morality as transcendent vs mere convenience, are hinted at but not fully explored. The acting is good, though a message rather than story is the focus. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Noble intention Armand 12 January 2007 A quiet cinemaization of a masterpiece. Nothing special, strange or beautiful. An ordinary acting and good work. It is a vain ambition to desire translate the Dostoievski's world in a movie.

Important is the respect for novel's spirit.

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And the film is a interesting example for this rule. Ben Kingsley is correct in the skin of a proteic character. Patrik Dempsy is a special Raskolnikof, victim of desire to show every aspect of a silent crisis. But what instrument is perfect for the Russian soul examination? It is not a reject or a boring piece of weekend afternoon.

Corect, without any ambition, it is fairy description of a impressive literary creation. But is it enough? Maybe for the public who ignore the book because the movie is, in fact, only a noble intention.