Anyone who has read Dostoyevsky's novel doesn't expect that a film will do it justice. This version, however, is remarkable for how much it does get right. It actually feels as though it were a product of the 19th century sensibility. Russian soul, at its best, gives works a heartfelt and authentic quality that elsewhere can seem mere artifice. Taratorkin, in his stove-pipe hat, is the very image of Raskolnikov.