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

Other Title:
Originally released in Ukrainian under title: Beni︠a︡ Krik [videorecording]
Title on container: Isaac Babel's classic story 'Benya Krik' [videorecording]
Publication:
Waltham, MA : National Center for Jewish Film, 2005, c1996.
Format/Description:
Video
1 videodisc (94 min.) : si., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects:
Jews -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- Drama.
Gangsters -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- Drama.
Odesa (Ukraine) -- Social life and customs -- Drama.
Ukraine -- History -- Revolution, 1905-1907 -- Drama.
I︠A︡ponchik, Mishka -- Drama.
Motion pictures, Ukrainian.
Form/Genre:
Feature films.
Silent films.
Gangster films.
Language:
Silent with English intertitles and credits.
System Details:
DVD, NTSC, all regions.
Summary:
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.
Participant:
M. Liarov, IU. Shumskii, A. Goricheva, A. Babnik.
Credits:
Camera, A. Kaluzhnyi; executive director [of English language restoration], Sharon Pucker Rivo.
Notes:
Videodisc release of the silent motion picture produced in 1926.
Based on stories in Odesskie rasskazy / [by] Isaac Babel.
"[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' (quoted on container).
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
Contributor:
Vilner, Vladimir. , Director
Babelʹ, I. (Isaak), 1894-1940. , Adapter, Screenwriter, Author
Liarov, M.. , Actor
Shumskiĭ, I︠U︡.. , Actor
Goricheva, A. , Actor
Babnik, A. , Actor
VUFKU (Firm). , Producer
National Center for Jewish Film. , Distributor
Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
ISBN:
9781585871896
OCLC:
64564775
Publisher Number:
800821021006
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