Thursday, June 20, 2013 | 7:00 pm
This multiple award-winning feature by one of the masters of Italian cinema is driven by the devils that haunt the giant of Russian letters, Fyodor Dostoyevski – existential angst, religious fervor, a passion for social change, and his art. What Dostoyevski has bequeathed the world in his writing comes at a very high price; that price is the “demons” of the title, and in this splendid feature we see all these powers rise up at a critical moment in Russian history when the seeds of the Russian revolution are taking root.
Dostoyevksi, a man haunted by his own past naïve involvement in socialist rhetoric, finds himself confronted by the results of that involvement and the fame he has gained as a writer since then. Now the revolutionary youth look up to him, and he must act to save the lives of people he may not admire but whose loss would only mean more suffering for those he cares about. This film, with all the power of Italian story telling, details 19th century Czarist life in Saint Petersburg, the coming crisis, and the writer who tries to stand at the center of it.
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