The Brothers Karamazov

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Released 1958

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Director:
Richard Brooks
Released:
1958
Rating:
R

Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov is given the Hollywood screen treatment in this sumptuous and colorful film. Lee J. Cobb, in an Oscar-nominated performance, plays Karamazov, the reprobate father of four grown sons: Dmitri (Yul Brynner), a seemingly callous army officer; Ivan (Richard Basehart), an atheist and intellectual; the pious Alyosha (William Shatner in his screen debut); and their illegitimate half-brother Smerdyakov (Albert Salmi), who secretly hates them all.

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      • This had been a Hollywood project for a number of years, as is indicated by the writing credit to Julius and Philip Epstein, a famous writing team of the 1940s (on such films as "Casablanca" and "Arsenic And Old Lace"). Philip Epstein had died in 1952, six years before this film was released.

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      • Although this film was made by M-G-M at the height of the Cold War, director Richard Brooks originally wanted to film it in Russia, a notion which caused horror to his Hollywood bosses. The M-G-M management insisted he film it on the studio backlot at Culver City, utilising many standing sets which appeared in several other films. Brooks was not pleased with the results.

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