Lorre + Literary + Sternberg
Crime and Punishment (1935) Comes To The Talking Screen
Peter Lorre is so twitchy after committing murder as to alert a dumbest observer of his guilt, but fun's in seeing him march the course toward owning up. How much of this is Dostoevsky? I've not cracked a binding on any Russian novel, let alone impenetrable Fyodor (yes, that's his first name ... did you know? ... I didn't). Direction is Von Sternberg, each shot B/W painterly, and reason to watch even when Lorre outstays patience. I like this actor, perhaps best at lower dosage. He's teamed with Edward Arnold in a way that anticipates later pairings with Sydney Greenstreet at Warner Bros. Did writers there consult Crime and Punishment for ideas?
|A C&P Still Taken by von Sternberg|