Benya Krik produced by Film Studio One, VUFKU ; script by Isaac Babelʹ ; directed by V. Vilner
- Variant Title
- Beni︠a︡ Krik
Isaac Babel's classic story 'Benya Krik'
- Projected medium
- Waltham, MA : National Center for Jewish Film [distributor], c1996
The seamy Jewish underworld of Odessa is the setting for Isaac Babel's story based on the life of gangster king Mishka Yaponchik ("Mike the Jap") Vinnitsky. Murder is a way of life for Benya and his gang. They profit from their criminal activities until the Russian Revolution and the local commissar assigns them "emergency revictualing patrol," making them a "revolutionary" regiment, complete with tattooed red stars. But this new post backfires for Benya as he finds himself ensnared in a Bolshevik trap.
"[Benya Krik] not only presented its swaggering hero as the victim of the Bolshevik regime but risked accusations of anti-Semitism by Jews as criminal profiteers... Opening in Kiev in early 1927, Benya Krik was almost immediately banned by the Ukrainian office for political education"--J. Hoberman, 'Village Voice'.
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