Finding Babel (2016)



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Isaac Babel's writings are subversive masterpieces, challenging the ideology of the early Soviet Union, and resulting in his arrest and execution in 1940. On the 75th anniversary of Isaac Babel's execution, Finding Babel follows Andrei Malaev-Babel, his grandson, on a journey to come closer to some sense of truth. Hoping to better understand Babel's powerful artistic method and elusive persona, Andrei journeys through Ukraine, France and Russia; locations deeply tied to the story of his grandfather. He confronts lingering traces of a turbulent history that echo in Babel's writing and in the conflicts and climate of today's Ukraine and Russia.

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There's a more deeply involving structure to Novack's film than introducing the uninitiated to - or reminding the devotee of - Babel's convulsively poetic reportage from inside a revolution only beginning.

Dec 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Although it will be best appreciated by those already familiar with Babel's life and works, Finding Babel is sufficiently intriguing to provoke the uninitiated to learn more.

Nov 8, 2016 | Full Review…

In what probably qualifies as both an accomplishment and a shortcoming, the movie makes you want to read Babel's writing instead.

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Throughout, we get brief readings of Babel's tender, unsparing stories, illustrated with scenic animation. They're no substitute for reading Babel yourself, but they honor him.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Illuminating, poignant and even somewhat suspenseful.

Oct 30, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

A documentary about the legacy of Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel.

Oct 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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