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I've asked myself why the imaginary co-worker of Reznik in The Machinist (2004) is called Ivan, and why Reznik himself reads "The Idiot".

According to Wikipedia, Ivan is reference to "The Brothers Karamazov" and the movie is influenced by "The Double: A Petersburg Poem" by Dostoyevsky. But are there really references to "The Idiot" and "The Brothers Karamazov" in the movie, or they are used just because they are some of the most famous Dostoyevsky's books?

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Fun trivia: When Trevor and Nicolas take the "Route 666" ride one can see a sign saying "Crime and Punishment". You can see it behind Bale as he says "Shady Lady". Subtle, but nice. –  user5870 Aug 21 '13 at 18:36
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I found this article in relation to the link between The Machinist and the Idiot:

http://vanessa-appassamy.suite101.com/dostoyevsky-in-brad-andersons-the-machinist-a213347

There is also this article in relation to guilt within Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment:

http://rebekahrichards.suite101.com/guilt-in-dostoyevskys-crime-and-punishment-a194380

I personally have only read Crime and Punishment and always thought that there was a direct link between this and the Machinist due to the main character in each ultimately being driven mad by the guilt from the act they committed and ultimately handing themselves in.

Reading the first article above would suggest there is a rather large link with the Idiot as well.

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Welcome to Movies and TV Beta! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  TylerShads May 18 '12 at 15:01
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