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Gloving the Golem

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Klaus Maria Brandauer and Adrian Pasdar in Streets of Gold (1986)

The decline and collapse of the Soviet Union and the relaxation of emigration restrictions in the Second World would witness an exodus of Jews from formerly socialist republics to the United States and a rising cultural awareness of the “Russian” mafia in America as depicted (or distorted) in movies like Little Odessa (1994), Training Day (2001), and Eastern Promises (2007). A film that is interesting for its comparatively early depiction of a “Russian” gangster émigré from the Soviet Union – predating even Ed O’Ross’s portrayal of Georgian drug smuggler Viktor Rostavili in Walter Hill’s action classic Red Heat (1988) – is Elya Baskin’s minor turn as Jewish gangster Klebanov in director Joe Roth’s underappreciated boxing drama Streets of Gold (1986). Klebanov, who has succeeded in business as the owner of a New York nightclub, reflects with satisfaction how he was only “a smuggler, a schemer” back in Odessa, but that he was really “born to be rich in America.” America, as imagined in Streets of Gold, is a Jewish birthright and a Promised Land – an idea given winking acknowledgment when the movie’s protagonist, Jewish pugilist Alek Neuman (Klaus Maria Brandauer), passes a window boasting a neon sign advertising the Zion Delicatessen – a glimpse of “Zion” not as a parcel of land somewhere in the Middle East, but realized in the liberty of the American economy.

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“You boys think that we are Russians – and we are – but we’re not Soviets,” says Jewish gangster Klebanov (Elya Baskin). “We’re Americans – like you, becoming like you! So we want you to win!”

While Klebanov embodies the Jewish-American dream in business, however, his friend Neuman harbors a harder and more ambitious aspiration to civilizational revenge. Released the year after the thematically similar Rocky IV (1985), Streets of Gold is quintessential Reagan-era propaganda corroborating the neoconservative narrative of those years that the Soviet Union was “anti-Semitic” and oppressive of its Jewish population in preventing their emigration to Israel or the United States – this resentment toward the U.S.S.R. finding an outlet in, for instance, comedian Yakov Smirnoff’s recurring role as the freedom-and-capitalism-enamored defector Yakov Korolenko on Night Court. Neuman, too, has managed to get out of Russia, but is not content merely to wash dishes and drink himself into a stupor. A genius of the ring who was barred from representing Russia in international boxing competitions because he is Jewish, Neuman destroyed his career when he assaulted anti-Semitic Soviet boxing coach Malinovsky (Jaroslav Stremien). Now, in America, Neuman finds two young fighters, Irish-American Timmy Boyle (Adrian Pasdar) and black Muslim Roland Jenkins (Wesley Snipes), who have the potential to upset a visiting Russian team led by his old enemy Malinovsky. Teaching them everything he knows, Neuman both transforms them into champions and turns them into a cohesive team, freeing them from their prejudices and realizing the potential of the American melting pot, forging a multicultural golem capable of challenging and smashing the Soviet colossus. “You’re his fists. You have to fight for him now,” explains love interest Elena (Angela Molina). Streets of Gold thus allegorizes a neoconservative vision of the United States as the geopolitical-economic vehicle of righteous vengeance against the hated land of pogroms and Stalinist anti-Zionism.

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Elena (Angela Molina) enhances the scenery as Alek Neuman’s gal pal.

Setting aside its historical background and subtext, Streets of Gold is a wholly enjoyable, inspirational sports drama with an affecting score by the great Jack Nitzsche. Eighties buffs are encouraged to give it a shot on one of these cold winter nights.

 

Rainer Chlodwig von K.

Rainer is the author of Protocols of the Elders of Zanuck: Psychological Warfare and Filth at the Movies – the DEFINITIVE Alt-Right statement on Hollywood!

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17 comments on “Gloving the Golem

  1. icareviews
    January 6, 2019

    Reblogged this on icareviews.

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  2. icareviews
    January 7, 2019

    Siskel and Ebert both hated this movie. Maybe they didn’t approve of Alek’s use of the word “parasite” to describe himself?

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  3. james
    January 7, 2019

    I have been missing your reviews of recent movies but these older ones are good too thanks.

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    • icareviews
      January 8, 2019

      I generally intend to write a movie review every week. It just doesn’t tend to happen for various reasons. Sometimes I just don’t have the time to write it, or the movie I’ve sat down to watch doesn’t lend itself to my purposes or is so stupid and boring I just prefer to instantly forget about it. Also, I always have other things I’m working on, like future books. Sometimes I have to make decisions about whether I want to spend a Sunday afternoon writing a blog post, working on a manuscript, catching up on emails, or getting exercise. I haven’t yet mastered the art of doing all of that at once.

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      • bob saffron
        January 11, 2019

        I’ve told Mr. Cashin (thinks American Psycho card play-off) that you’re very interested in reviewing his product. He’s very excited by the prospect of AS getting behind a truly goyish sport. Forget about the bowter, kill the Charles River regatta simulator and start grunting to your Hollywood crock:
        https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180813005334/en/CREW-True-Rowing-Revolutionizes-Connected-Fitness-Announces

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      • icareviews
        January 11, 2019

        That name is perfect. When did Business Wire become a Stormer-style anti-Semitic troll site?

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      • bob saffron
        January 11, 2019

        I’ve recommended it before, but Friedman’s Red Mafiya is an excellent work on the Jewish-dominated black market in the USSR (which, apart from the disastrous War Communism, was always a hybrid economy, with the black market allowing the system to prevail for as long as it did).

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      • icareviews
        January 11, 2019

        I’m aware of it and will read it eventually. I have other Soviet readings planned for the next couple of years. (Yes, I book my books that far in advance!)

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      • bob saffron
        January 11, 2019

        Nomen omen!

        On things Soviet: I read Gulag Boss but found it unsatisfyingly exculpatory. It didn’t shed a lot of light on how the criminal gangs (((? – now that would have been an interesting angle))) were able to rule over gulag internees with absolute impunity and escape work duties or punishment. The nexus between the Soviet authorities and professional criminals was merely alluded to. The author’s very tardy Damascene conversion seems all too convenient.

        https://newrepublic.com/article/99831/gulag-boss-soviet-fyodor-vasilevich-mochulsky

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      • bob saffron
        January 11, 2019

        The classic Five-Year (Reading) Plan – I would have expected nothing less from you!

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  4. indravaruna
    January 10, 2019

    I don’t remember where I read this or if is even a real quote but a Soviet official said “he knew the Soviet Union was over when the Jews stated to abandoning it” or something like this.

    I sort of think that what helped to bring the the end of Soviet Union was the fact that the type of Communism promoted by the URSS was no longer useful for Jews after rise of the Likud in Israel and Neoconservatism in the Anglosphere (Judeosphere really) in the late 70s, where many leftists/liberal Jews realized the American Empire is their Empire.

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    • icareviews
      January 11, 2019

      Jews abandoned the Soviet Union well before the seventies, not that they all abandoned it en masse. For the most part, the Soviet Union had outlived its usefulness to world Jewry after World War II and the establishment of Israel – and certainly after Stalin broke with Israel in 1948 and sponsored Nasser in the 60s. After that, the Soviet Union was essentially a vehicle for Russian national interest (not that the government necessarily worked to better average Russians’ lives) and a halfhearted sparring partner of sorts for the American military-industrial complex.

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      • bob saffron
        January 11, 2019

        With Jews enjoying a relatively privileged position right through to the regime’s end and to this very day.

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  6. weeedwacker
    January 30, 2019

    Actually it seems that most organized crime is jewish. I can’t help but think it was just more of their slander the way they suucessfully pinned all the blame for underworld criminal activity in America on the Sicilians.I have Sicilian relatives and there are no career criminals in my famlies, but there is a lot of shady, under the table dealings that I heard my jewish friends bragging about that they say they’re relatives engage in. I’m sure they exaggerate a bit trying to impress, but still.

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    • icareviews
      January 30, 2019

      Most people have unjustly clear-cut concepts of what constitutes “government” or “the mafia” or “the establishment” or “the 1%”, but the boundaries between, for instance, the CIA and organized crime or Mossad are blurry around all the edges. In many cases, business functions as government, which functions as organized crime, with personnel moonlighting and overlapping across the board.

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