Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Crime and Punishment is Dostoyevsky's story about the Nietzchean student Raskolnikov, played in this 1958 French film version by Bernard Bleier. Raskolnikov believes himself above such bourgeois concepts as morality and conscience, which leads to his murder of a hateful old woman. A perceptive police inspector (Jean Gabin) wears down Raskolnikov's sociopathic tendencies, until the student--who has a conscience after all--breaks down and confesses. Updated and set in Paris, this adaptation of Crime and Punishment has been released in the US as The Most Dangerous Sin. Other versions of the Dostoyevsky original have starred actors as wildly diverse as Peter Lorre and George Hamilton.
confession [criminal], conscience, detective, morals, murder, student