Crime and Punishment (1970 film)

Crime and Punishment (Russian: Преступление и наказание) is a 1970 Soviet drama film in two parts directed by Lev Kulidzhanov, based on the eponymous novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Crime and Punishment
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLev Kulidzhanov
Written byLev Kulidzhanov
Nikolai Figurovsky
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (novel)
StarringGeorgy Taratorkin
Innokenty Smoktunovsky
Tatyana Bedova
Victoria Fyodorova
Music byMikhail Ziv
CinematographyVyacheslav Shumsky
Release date
21 September 1970
Running time
221 minutes
CountrySoviet Union


Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-law student, kills an old pawnbroker and her sister, perhaps for money, perhaps to prove a theory about being above the law. He comes to police attention through normal procedures (he was the victim's client), but his outbursts make him the prime suspect of the clever Porfiry. Meanwhile, life swirls around Raskolnikov: his mother and sister come to the city followed by two older men seeking his sister's hand; he meets a drunken clerk who is then killed in a traffic accident, and he falls in love with the man's daughter, Sonia, a young prostitute. She urges him to confess, promising to follow him to Siberia.


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