The Murderer Dimitri Karamazov

The Murderer Dimitri Karamazov (German: Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff) is a 1931 German drama film directed by Erich Engels and Fedor Ozep, starring Fritz Kortner and Anna Sten. It tells the story of a lieutenant who is suspected of having murdered his father. The film is based on motifs from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov.[2]

The Murderer Dimitri Karamazov
Directed by
Produced byEugene Frenke
Screenplay by
Music by
CinematographyFriedl Behn-Grund
Edited by
  • Fedor Ozep
  • Hans von Passavant
Distributed byTerra Film
Release date
  • 6 February 1931 (1931-02-06)
Running time
91 minutes
Box office$2 million[1]



The film was produced by Terra Film. Filming took place from 22 October to 24 November 1930.[2] The film's sets were designed by the art directors Heinrich Richter and Victor Trivas.


The British film critic Raymond Durgnat wrote in a 1993 article about Ozep for Film Dope: "The Karamazov film is a tour de force of stylistic eclecticism: expressionist acting (Kortner), dynamic angles, Russian editing, marathon tracking shots. It's a real showpiece of formalism geared to psycho-lyrical ends, exactly as Eisenstein intended, except that Dostoievskian soul-torments replace Leninist collectivism to which the 'official' montage-masters tuned their lyres."[3]


  1. NEWS OF THE SCREEN: Warners Seek to Settle Dispute With Cagney—Garbo film, 'Conquest,' Opens Here Today Of Local Origin Role for Cary Grant Warners Borrow Bellamy Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Nov 1937: 28.
  2. "Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff". (in German). Deutsches Filminstitut. Retrieved 2015-05-27.
  3. MacKenzie, Scott (2003). "Soviet Expansionism: Fedor Ozep's Transnational Cinema" (PDF). Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Film Studies Association of Canada. 12 (2): 97. ISSN 0847-5911.
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