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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

A Feature film by Pierre Chenal

Produced by Général Productions

Release in France : 17/05/1935


    This French filmization of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment stars Pierre Blanchar as sociopathic student Raskolnikov and Harry Baur as humanist detective Porfiry. Believing himself intellectually above the law, Raskolnikov kills a despicable old shopkeeper. He is certain that he has no conscience to bother him, but he is eventually forced to confront himself by the kindly but diligent Porfiry. The like-vintage Hollywood version of Crime and Punishment ended with Raskolnikov's surrender. The French version (original title: Crime et Chatiment) adheres to the original novel, detailing the student's lifelong search for forgiveness after he is released from prison.

    Source :

    Actors (25)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Général Productions

    French distribution :

    Les Grands Spectacles Cinématographiques

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Editions René Château

    Full credits (12)

    Assistant Director :

    Louis Daquin

    Author of original work :

    Fiodor Dostoïevski

    Screenwriters :

    Pierre Chenal, Christian Stengel, Vladimir Strijewski

    Sound Recordist :

    Guy Moreau

    Production Manager :

    Christian Stengel

    Production Designer :

    Aimé Bazin

    Dialogue Writer :

    Marcel Aymé

    Producer :

    Christian Stengel

    Director of Photography :

    Joseph-Louis Mundwiller

    Camera Operator :

    René Colas

    Editor :

    André Galitzine

    Music Composer :

    Arthur Honegger

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Literary adaptation

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 47 min

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    Black & White

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1935

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1935)


    Official Competition