Archive of three scripts for Crime and Punishment

N.p. N.p., circa 1960. Archive of scripts for an unproduced film version, circa 1960, of the Dostoevsky novel. Included are a plot summary, typescript draft, and draft script for an unproduced film, based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1866 novel. Archive belonging to director Robert Rossen, with his holograph notations throughout.

A classic of Russian literature presented here in a modern retelling. A philosophical study on the permissiveness of murder in the name of a higher calling, the original features ex-student Raskolnikov in Saint Petersburg, who plans and executes the murder of a pawnbroker for her cash. He believes he has the right to perform good deeds with the money to counterbalance his act, as well as simultaneously ridding the world of vermin. Set in New York City, Rossen's version modernizes the tale: Raskolnikov becomes Denny, a jazz trumpeter in a sleazy pool hall, his victims the owners of a pawnshop, while he is pursued by a pair of cops.

Plot Summary:

Loose leaves, housed in a manila folder with title in holograph ink to the front panel, as issued. Title integral with the first page of the text. Carbon typescript. 50 leaves, with last page numbered 57. Pages Very Good plus, folder Very Good plus.

Black spring bound typescript:

Black untitled spring binder. Title page present, with credits for director/producer Robert Rossen and screenwriter William Attaway. 146 leaves, with last page of text numbered 145. Carbon typescript. Pages Near Fine, spring binder Near Fine.

Dark green wrappers with brads:

Dark green untitled wrappers. Title page present, with credits for director/producer Robert Rossen and screenwriter William Attaway. 129 leaves, with last page of text numbered 128. Mimeograph. Pages Fine, wrapper Very Good plus bound with two gold brads.


[Book #140866]

Price: $3,750.00