"Crime and Punishment": Novel and Film Book Review by Metro

A comparison of "Crime and Punishment" the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky to "Crime and Punishment" the Soviet film adaptation.
# 150381 | 1,590 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 05, 2012 in Literature (Russian) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper examines how Lev Kulidzhanov's film adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel "Crime and Punishment" features a similar narrative structure to its predecessor, however upon comparison it becomes clear that there are subtle differences of structure in many aspects of the film. In comparing the film to the novel, the paper looks at how the film's structure focuses more on Raskolnikov's suffering he and those around him go through due to their social conditions. However in Dostoyevsky's novel, the structure largely revolves around Raskolnikov's crime being due to his obsession of ideas, with his social condition acting as a way to mislead the reader. The paper further discusses how the novel's structure is largely imbedded with themes of religion and faith, whereas Kulidzhanov's film instead chooses to omit these themes, and place a much stronger emphasis on themes such as suffering instead. The paper also contends that the differences in structure are due to the social implications at the time in which the film was made in.

From the Paper:

"Unlike Dostoyevsky's novel, Kulidzhanov's film Crime and Punishment sees its structure place less emphasis on Raskolnikov's experiment as his motivation for his crime, and instead directs the audience's attention to the suffering of Raskolnikov and those around him which he suggests are the main motivation for it. Previous to Raskolnikov's crime the audience are introduced to strikingly visual characters and events in order to set up his murder. We are introduced to the drunk, Marmeladov, and hear about the tragic story of his starving children and wife, as well as his daughter who has been forced to turn to prostitution. The film is also able to reinforce the visual elements that the novel cannot, such as Raskolnikov's cupboard-like room and sickly appearance. This representation of suffering continues after the crime in Katerina Ivanova's descent into madness where she takes her children into the street and effectively begins to lose her sanity in front of the audience. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. London: Penguin, 2003

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