If not sympathy, at least he evokes sympathy. Crazed by betrayal, Artie blurts out that Judd is the real murderer. Staus , Wilton Graff Mr. They thus plot to commit what they consider the perfect crime - a kidnapping and murder - not only in order to experience killing for killing's sake, but also - especially in Artie's case - to taunt the authorities after the fact. . Compulsion contains many other parallels to the real Leopold and Loeb story, including Steiner's Leopold's obsession with the philosophy of Nietzsche, the theft by the boys of a typewriter used to type the ransom note, the inadvertent destruction of the boys' alibi by the Steiner family chauffeur, and the use of verbatim passages from Darrow's trial summation.
Although Judd acts arrogantly towards others his inherent weakness is understood and exploited by Artie and indeed Judd appears to relish his submissiveness to Artie. He regarded these as the 'Superhumans'. Heavy-set, beetle-browed, gray hair descending in a drooping cowlick, he is the personification of a wise humanitarian who strongly projects, in one of the longest of film speeches, the need for mercy in the face of public demand for execution. Jonathan Wilk: A lifetime of doubt and questioning doesn't necessarily mean I've reached any final conclusions. It's up to their nationally famous attorney Orson Welles to save these misguided souls from execution. Their reason for the murder? The state's doctors have decreed that the boys are sane, thus depriving Wilk of an insanity plea.
They thus plot to commit what they consider the perfect crime - a kidnapping and murder - not only in order to experience killing for killing's sake, but also - especially in Artie's case - to taunt the authorities after the fact. Other trial-inspired productions include Alfred Hitchcock's The Rope, Tom Kalin's impressionistic, black and white film Swoon 1992 , and John Logan's play Never the Sinner 1997. The actual killing of little Paulie Kessler, and the subsequent attempts to cover their tracks, are not so perfect however. Director Richard Fleischer cast Dean Stockwell as Steiner Leopold , Bradford Dillman as Straus Loeb , E. As scions of rich Chicago families, college graduates at 18 and academic leaders of their law-school class, they bask in superior detachment, a superiority based on Nietzschean superman concepts and a shadowy inference of homosexuality. A pair of glasses were found near the body, and when Paulie's uncle states that his nephew never wore glasses, Sid realizes that they must belong to the murderer. Orson Welles plays Clarence Darrow in Compulsion Compulsion is one of several stage or screen productions based on the Leopold and Loeb trial.
Sid Brooks, a fellow student who also works for the Globe newspaper whom they look down upon, is astute enough to deduce that a pair of glasses found with the body do not belong to the boy and the police begin to look for their real owner. His brilliant courtroom speech is regarded by some as one of the most important turning points in redemptive sentencing. The actual killing of little Paulie Kessler, and the subsequent attempts to cover their tracks, are not so perfect however. Compulsion received mostly positive reviews and was a modest financial success, finishing 48th on Variety's box-office charts for 1959. Part of their goal in life, influenced perhaps by their admiration for Nietzsche, is to experience how it feels to do anything one pleases.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Welles, delivering one of the longest monologues ever filmed, is admirable in his restraint. Although Judd acts arrogantly towards others his inherent weakness is understood and exploited by Artie and indeed Judd appears to relish his submissiveness to Artie. In his performance as the defense lawyer, Orson Welles contributes a comparatively short but the finest portrayal to this searching drama. Despite their precautions, one of them inadvertently left a key piece of evidence at the crime scene, and they have been arrested and put on trial.
Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Sociopathic students Artie Straus Bradford Dillman and Judd Steiner Dean Stockwell murder a boy in a philosophical exercise to commit the flawless crime. Only Diane Varsi in a part with very little substance-a kind of middle-class redeeming angle who Judd tries to rape and who ends up comforting him-got poor reviews. Oscar winning veteran director of photography: William C. Firstly: as a denouncement of certain teachings found within educational institutions on the writings of German post modernist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Marshall Attorney Horn , Martin Milner Sid Brooks , Richard Anderson Max Steiner , Robert F.
In Chicago in 1924, Artie Strauss and Judd Steiner are friends and fellow law students who come from wealthy backgrounds. In this instance by examining his theories that certain members of the human race are, by benefit of their advanced knowledge, and superior intellect, above the law of the 'common' people. Both sentenced to Life + 99 years for the senseless killing of 14yr old Bobby Francis 2nd cousin of Loeb. They are never blatant but nearly always fascinatingly professional in their deft handling of the causes and effects of an outrageous act of violence in a civilized society. Once the medical examiner pronounces that the boy was killed by a blunt instrument, Sid matches the victim's description to that of the unsolved kidnapping of Paulie Kessler and notifies Tom Daly, the reporter covering the kidnap story. The next day in class, Artie challenges his professor's conception of justice, and instead advocates the Nietzschean idea of a superman detached from all human emotions. They have few true friends as they believe all their contemporaries to be intellectually inferior.
The parents of Loeb commissioned the services of renowned criminal attorney Clarence Darrow Orson Wells who was championing the case against the death penalty. The performance of Dean Stockwell as the Leopold character is quite astounding, as are all the superb players in this stark drama. However, please contact us if you believe that informative content on this service affects in any way your legal rights. Arthur Straus: When we made the deal, you said you could take orders. The story concerns two wealthy Chicago teenagers, Judd Steiner and Artie Straus, who kidnap and murder a young boy, become suspects because of glasses found with the boy's body, confess, and are defended by the brilliant lawyer, Jonathan Wilk. Despite their precautions, one of them inadvertently left a key piece of evidence at the crime scene, and they have been arrested and put on trial.