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Benya Krik produced by Film Studio One, VUFKU ; script by Isaac Babelʹ ; directed by V. Vilner.

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    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'.
    Variant Title
    Beni︠a︡ Krik
    Isaac Babel's classic story 'Benya Krik'
    Format
    Video
    Published
    Waltham, MA : National Center for Jewish Film [distributor], c1996
    Locale
    Ukraine
    Odesa
    Odesa (Ukraine)
    Other Authors/Editors
    Vilner, Vladimir.
    Babelʹ, I. (Isaak), 1894-1940.
    Liarov, M.
    Shumskii, IU.
    Goricheva, A.
    Babnik, A.
    VUFKU (Firm)
    National Center for Jewish Film.
    Notes
    Originally released as a motion picture in 1926.
    Camera, A. Kaluzhnyi.
    M. Liarov, IU. Shumskii, A. Goricheva, A. Babnik.
    DVD; NTSC; all regions.
    Silent with English intertitles.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    ISBN
    1585871893
    9781585871896
    Physical Description
    1 videodisc (90 min.) : b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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