Extraordinary film adaptation of Dostoyevski's monumental novel. This long film does full justice to the ethical dilemmas, the criminological acumen and the psychological depth so characteristic of Dostoyevsky. Carefully composed shots (particularly the interior ones) display a rare craftmanship, which is further evident in the truly remarkable performance of Taratorkin as Raskolnikov. Tortuous and redeeming!
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.