Constance Garnett’s translation of Crime & Punishment
The Crime & Punishment screenplay is based on the translation by Constance Garnett.
Garnett’s translation, from 1914, is freely downloadable from the treasure trove Project Gutenburg and was the basis for the first screenplay on which the film was made. Whilst the film has been changed in a number of ways, much of the dialogue remains true to Garnett’s translation. Here is director Andrew O’Keefe’s thoughts on the first time he read Crime & Punishment:
Well the first time I read the novel was the third time I’d tried. I didn’t get into it on the first two reads. I think I was too young and impatient to stay in the mind of Raskolnikov for almost 500 pages. Then, a few years ago, I travelled to St. Petersburg in Russia and thought that I’d better read the book before getting there. I did so, twice, in a couple of weeks on that trip. Needless to say, I loved it. Something had changed in me. Less than six months after that trip, I started shooting the film. it was that urgent in me.
Here’s a sneak peek onto the set of Crime & Punishment. Filmed by the Producer on filming day #26. You can see the cast and crew blocking out a scene set in Raskolnikov’s apartment prior to filming. The video gives you an idea of the look of the apartment – especially the books, decor and general design. Also, some of the main cast are seen in costume.
Secondly, there’s a sneak peek at one of the opening shots of the film; Cinematographer Mark Morris mounted a Red Epic on a hot-head crane and filmed Raskolnikov (Lee Mason) uttering the line “I will attempt a thing like that!”
“It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most.… But I am talking too much. It’s because I chatter that I do nothing.”
Almost two years ago today the five key personnel assembledherefor the very first discussions regarding making the filmCrime & Punishment. Andrew O’Keefe (Screenriter / Director), Tuuli Forward (producer), Steve Jablonski (Producer), Mark Morris (Cinematographer) and Lee Mason (Raskolnikov) all met over beers, like Marmelade at the tavern. For every filmmaker must have somewhere to turn, so we turned to Dostoevsky. There was no script, no budget, no team only a new idea…
Today we welcomed composer, Amy Bastow, to the team. Amy’s credits include James Cameron’s latest offering, Deep Sea Challenge 3D, She’ll begin work on the dark, atmospheric score right away. We’ve used the deeply unsettling score to Wolf Creek by Francois Tetaz as a temp track for inspiration along with some Bartok, Britten and just a little Elgar thrown in for good measure.