Prince Myshkin is an epileptic returning from a sanitarium. On the train, he meets Rogozhin and they become friends. Myshkin visits his distant relatives, the Epanchins, a fashionable family. General Epanchin gives him a job and he fascinates Madame Epanchin and her daughter, Aglaya, with his innocence and awkwardness.
The Prince boards with Ganya, a schemer who wants to marry Aglaya for her money. Myshkin pities Natasya; in their innocence they are two of a kind. He offers to marry her, but as she is worried about ruining his name, she runs off with Rogozhin. Shortly afterward, she runs away from Rogozhin and disappears. Rogozhin assumes she has run to Myshkin and with Ganya plots the Prince's death.
Meanwhile, Aglaya has fallen in love with Myshkin, but his bizarre talk disturbs the family and when he falls into a fit at a party they ban him from the house. Aglaya also grows increasingly jealous of Natasya. The two women meet and Aglaya resolves to give up the Prince.
This report prepared by Nicole Rivette
An slow-minded but insightful man, named Price Myshkin, returns to Russia to claim his inherited fortune after spending years in Switzerland for medical treatment. Soon he is entranced by two young women: one is young and beautiful, the other beautiful and depraved. In his innocence, Prince Myshkin is unknowingly led into all sorts of predicaments by these two women, including a rivarly with another man, named Rogozhin. Eventually, both women leave him: one runs away after she is refused marriage by Prince Myshkin, and the other runs away out of depraved capriciousness and is soon murdered by the Prince's rival, Rogozhin.
This report prepared by Jeff Schoneman