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Crime And Punishment

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $399
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Subjects: Authors, Drama, Literature

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 3 x 75 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1979
Available in French: No

Fyodor Dostoevsky's fascinating thriller about a desperate young man planning the perfect crime. Crime And Punishment is the ultimate psychological thriller, steeped in powerful themes of guilt and retribution, set in St Petersburg in the second half of the 19th century. Main character Raskolnikov is a highly intelligent and striking young student who decides to test his courage and integrity by killing a mean old woman whom he is sure nobody will miss. But his crime goes seriously awry and, although there's no clear evidence against him, wily investigator Porfiry sets up a complex series of traps, encounters and conversations which slowly but inexorably allow Raskolnikov to incriminate himself – and eventually confess. Raskolnikov is young, impassioned, lonely and lost. He is a man possessed by both good and evil who cannot escape his own conscience or his inevitable punishment.