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Crime and Punishment (Short Film)
by Deniz Kara

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: **
A short film based on the novel "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoevsky.


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FADE IN:

INT. RASKOLNIKOV'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
RASKOLNIKOV and PORFIRY are having a conversation.
Raskolnikov sits in his sofa directly in front of Porfiry
and looks at him without any fear. Porfiry sits in a chair
and is about to light his cigarette.
                                                            
                       PORFIRY
I have come to the conclusion that
it is best for us to be plain with
one another.
                                                            
Porfiry turns his head and lowers his eyes, as if he did not
wish his glance further to embarrass his former victim.
                                                            
                       RASKOLNIKOV
RAZUMIKHIN said just now that you
believe MIKOLKA is guilty and that
you told him so yourself...
                                                            
Raskolnikov's breath fails and he could not finish his
sentence.
                                                            
                       PORFIRY
      (Delighted by the
       question)
Oh, Mr. Razumikhin! He, he, he!
Well, Mr. Razumikhin had to be got
away somehow: two is company,
three is none. Well, never mind
him; why bring him into this?
                                                            
Pause.
                                                            
                       PORFIRY
As for Mikolka, he is innocent,
impressionable, and emotional, and
his imagination runs away with
him. There is no Mikolka in this
murder.
                                                            
Raskolnikov is shuddered as if he had been stabbed.
                                                            
                       RASKOLNIKOV
      (In a stifled
       voice)
Then ... who was the murderer?
                                                            
Porfiry almost recoils, as if startled by so unexpected a
question.
                                                            

2.

                       PORFIRY
Who was the murderer?
                                                            
Porfiry acts as if he could not believe his own ears.
                                                            
                       PORFIRY
      (Whispering but
       his voice is full
       of conviction)
But it was you, Rodion Romanovich!
You murdered them!
                                                            
Raskolnikov springs up from the sofa, stands still for a few
seconds, and sits down again without a word. His whole face
twiches convulsively.
                                                            
                       PORFIRY
      (Murmuring)
Your lip is trembling again, as it
always does.
                                                            
Pause.
                                                            
                       PORFIRY
I don't think you quite understand
me, Rodion Romanovich, that is why
you are so thunderstruck. I came
on purpose to tell you everything,
and bring everything out into the
open.
                                                            
Raskolnikov acts like a frightened small child caught in
some misdeed.
                                                            
                       RASKOLNIKOV
      (Whispering)
It was not I who murdered her.
                                                            
                       PORFIRY
      (Whispering)
Yes, it was you, Rodion
Romanovich, you and nobody else.
                                                            
They are now both silent and the silence lasts for a long
time.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Sean Wallace Date 12/9/2009 **
I think you should expand on it. Before and after scenes. Doesn't feel like it should be short, or at least this short.


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