Benya Krik

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Benya Krik
Benya Krik.jpg
Krik as portrayed by Yuri Shumsky
Directed by Vladimir Vilner[1]
Screenplay by Isaak Babel
Based on The Odessa Tales
Country Russia
Language Russian

Benya Krik (Russian: Беня Крик) is a 1926 Russian film directed by Vladimir Vilner[1] and starring Yuri Shemskya as Benya Krik.

Krik is a fictional character in Isaak Babel's collection of short stories, The Odessa Tales. He also plays a prominent role in Babel's play Sunset. He is a Russian gangster of Jewish descent, and he and his gang of thugs are the main focus of the stories.

The Odessa Tales[edit]

See also: Odessa Tales

Krik, who is also known as The King, is the leader of a group of thugs and smugglers, that operate in the Jewish ghetto Moldavanka in Odessa. He is married to Tsilya Eichbaum, whom he met when he was trying to shake down her father, as is detailed in the short story The King (Russian: Король). A couple of days after they met, he returned the protection money to Eichbaum, and asked for her hand later. The couple spent three months on honeymoon in Bessarabia, and returned for the wedding of Krik's sister Dvoira. Odessa's new police chief planned to use the wedding festivities to round up Krik's gang, but is thwarted by the arson of the police station.

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  1. ^ a b Christie, Ian; Taylor, Professor Richard; Taylor, Richard (2005-08-19). Inside the Film Factory: New Approaches to Russian and Soviet Cinema. Routledge. pp. 145–. ISBN 9781134944330. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 

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