Vladimir VILNER
Владимир ВИЛЬНЕР
Vladimir VILNER
USSR, 1926, 81mn 
Black and white, silent, fiction
Benya Krik
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Беня Крик

 

 Benya Krik

 Benia Krik

Other titles : Карьера Бени Крика (La carrière de Benia Krik)
 
Directed by : Vladimir VILNER (Владимир ВИЛЬНЕР)
Writing credits : Isaac BABEL (Исаак БАБЕЛЬ)
 
Cast
Georgi ASTAFYEV (Георгий АСТАФЬЕВ) ...le Tatare
Leonid BARBE (Леонид БАРБЭ) ...le banquier Muguinshtein
Teodor BRAYNIN (Теодор БРАЙНИН) ...Liovka Byk, comparse de Benia
A. GORICHEVA (А. ГОРИЧЕВА) ...Dvoïra, soeur de Benia
V. KOZHEVNIKOVA (В. КОЖЕВНИКОВА) ...la Tsigane
Nikolay KUCHINSKY (Николай КУЧИНСКИЙ) ...Sokovitch, chef de la police
Yevgeni LEPOVSKY (Евгений ЛЕПОВСКИЙ) ...le banquier Tartakovski
Matvei LYAROV (Матвей ЛЯРОВ) ...Mendel Krik
O. MERLATTI (О. МЕРЛАТТИ) ...Froïm Gratch
Sergey MININ (Сергей МИНИН) ...le boulanger révolutionnaire, puis le commissaire
Nikolay NADEMSKY (Николай НАДЕМСКИЙ) ...Kolka Pakovski, comparse de Benia
K. SAKSAGANSKAYA (К. САКСАГАНСКАЯ) ...la femme de Sokovitch
Aleksandr SASHIN (Александр САШИН) ...Savka Butsis
Yuri SHUMSKY (Юрий ШУМСКИЙ) ...Benia Krik
I. SIZOV (И. СИЗОВ) ...Kotchetov, l'adjoint de Sobkov
M. SMOLENSKY (М. СМОЛЕНСКИЙ) ...Marantz, le traître
Leonid TCHEMBARSKY (Леонид ЧЕМБАРСКИЙ) ...le commissaire-priseur au café Fanconi
A. VABNIK (А. ВАБНИК) ...le fiancé de Dvoïra
Ivan ZAMYCHKOVSKY (Иван ЗАМЫЧКОВСКИЙ) ...le policier Gletchik
 
Cinematography : Aleksey KALYUZHNY (Алексей КАЛЮЖНЫЙ)
Production design : Georgi BAIZENHERTZ (Георгий БАЙЗЕНГЕРЦ)
Companies : VUFKU (Odessa)
Release Date in Russia : 18/01/1927
 

Plot synopsis
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 Krik 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.
Source : www.brandeis.edu/jewishfilm
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Kinojudaica in the Cinémathèque suisse, Lausanne (Switzerland), 2011
- Odessa International Film Festival, Odessa (Ukraine), 2010
- Kinojudaica : the image of the Jews in the cinema of Russia and Soviet Union (1910-1960), Toulouse (France), 2009
- Kinojudaïca at the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme, Paris (France), 2009

Images
 

Benia Krik (Youri Choumski) Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/