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Ostap Bender as portrayed by Andrei Mironov, 1976
Ostap Bender as portrayed by Andrei Mironov, 1976

Ostap Bender (Russian: Остап Бендер; also Ostap-Suleyman-Berta-Maria-Bender-Bei, Bender-Zadunaysky, Ostap Ibragimovich) is a misanthropic[citation needed] con man and antihero who first appeared in the novel The Twelve Chairs (January 1928 - Russian: "Двенадцать стульев"), written by Russian writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov. The self-described "great combinator", Ostap Bender searches in the Soviet Union during the New Economic Policy era in order to find a diamond treasure which was hidden into one of twelve chairs. He was killed at the end of the novel because his partner, Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobianinov, did not want to share the treasure which seemed within reach. The name "Ostap Bender" became an archetypal name for a con man in Russian language. Image File history File links Ostap_Bender. ... Image File history File links Ostap_Bender. ... Andrei Mironov as Ostap Bender in the 1976 TV version of The Twelve Chairs. ... Bey is the Turkish word for chieftain, traditionally applied to the leaders of small tribal groups. ... Misanthropy is a hatred or distrust of the human race, or a disposition to dislike and mistrust other people. ... A confidence trick or confidence game, also known as a con, scam, grift, bunko or flim flam, is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... The Twelve Chairs The Twelve Chairs (Russian: ) (1928) is a famous satirical novel by the Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov. ... See also: 1927 in literature, other events of 1928, 1929 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Ilf (left) and Petrov Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Faynzilberg, Илья Ильф, October 15 (October 3 O.S.), 1897 – April 13, 1937) is an extremely popular Soviet author of the 1920s and 1930s, who worked in collaboration with Evgeny Petrov. ... Ilf and Petrov Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Faynzilberg, 1897–1937) and Evgeny or Yevgeny Petrov (Yevgeniy Petrovich Kataev or Katayev, 1903–1942) were two Soviet prose authors of the 1920s and 1930s. ... Petrov (right) and Ilf Evgeny Petrov (Yevgeniy Petrovich Kataev or Katayev, Евгений Петров, December 13 (November 30 O.S.), 1903 – July 2, 1942) is an extremely popular Soviet author of the 1920s and 1930s, who worked in collaboration with Ilya Ilf. ... Silver Ruble 1924 Gold Chervonetz (1979) The New Economic Policy (NEP) (Russian: Новая экономическая политика - Novaya Ekonomicheskaya Politika or НЭП) was officially decided in the course of the 10th Congress of the All-Russian Communist Party. ... This article is about the gemstone. ...


The character's death was retconned away in 1931 for The Little Golden Calf (Russian: "Золотой теленок") novel, where Ostap claimed that "surgeons barely saved his life". The book was an extended satire on certain elements of Soviet life. Here, Ostap Bender follows a Soviet underground multi-millionaire - he is hoping to acquire some of the man's riches, and thus amass a fortune. Bender gets his money but loses it as he flees the country. The implications of such themes help explain why the volume took over a year to gain approval for publishing.[citation needed] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... See also: 1930 in literature, other events of 1931, 1932 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Little Golden Calf The Little Golden Calf (Russian: ) (1931) is a famous satirical novel by Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov q. ...


Bender is a complex character: while displaying the traits that would befit a social parasite in Soviet official terms, he frequently seems to adhere to several Marxist tenets, and is clearly an atheist (as revealed by bits of dialogue, most of them in The Little Golden Calf). All of this is especially intriguing, as Bender's ideal in life is to quit the Soviet Union for good. The Nazi propaganda poster titled New People reads: This person suffering from hereditary defects costs the people 60,000 Reichmarks during his lifetime. ... Marxism refers to the philosophy and social theory based on Karl Marxs work on one hand, and the political practice based on Marxist theory on the other hand (namely, parts of the First International during Marxs time, communist parties and later states). ... The 18th-century French author Baron dHolbach was one of the first self-described atheists. ...

Monument to Ostap Bender in Saint Petersburg
Monument to Ostap Bender in Saint Petersburg

Ostap Bender is mysterious about his origins; the only part of his biography that he mentions is that his father was a "Turkish subject", hinting at Jewish Odessa roots. He is obsessed with travelling to Rio de Janeiro, "a city of his dreams", while admitting the futility of that obsession. Bender gave birth to a number of Russian catch phrases, including "The ice is moving, ladies and gentlemen of the jury!" ("Лёд тронулся, господа присяжные заседатели!"), "I will be in charge of the parade!" ("Командовать парадом буду я!"), and "Perhaps you'd also like the key of the apartment where the money is?" ("Может быть, тебе дать ещё ключ от квартиры, где деньги лежат?"). Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 441 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (766 × 1042 pixel, file size: 165 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Monument to Ostap Bender in Saint Petersburg I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 441 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (766 × 1042 pixel, file size: 165 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Monument to Ostap Bender in Saint Petersburg I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991) and... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... For other uses, see Odessa (disambiguation). ... Location of Rio de Janeiro Coordinates: Country Brazil Region Southeast State Rio de Janeiro  - Mayor Cesar Maia (PFL) Area    - City 1,260 km²  (486. ...


The Twelve Chairs was made into a slapstick comedy in a 1970 film by Mel Brooks and Michael Hertzberg. Frank Langella played the part of Ostap Bender. Shortly after that the novel was adapted to film twice in the USSR: for the first time in 1971 by Leonid Gaidai with Archil Gomiashvili as Bender and then in 1976 by Mark Zakharov, featuring Andrei Mironov as Bender. The Little Golden Calf was filmed by Mikhail Schweizer in 1968, with Sergey Yursky as Bender. In 2006, Channel One aired new mini-series based on the novel and starring Oleg Menshikov as Bender. This article is about comedic slapstick. ... The Twelve Chairs is a 1970 film directed by Mel Brooks, starring Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise and Ron Moody . ... Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, writer, director and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies or, as he says, spoofs. // Born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York to Russian-Jewish parents Maximillian Kaminsky... Frank Langella (born January 1, 1940) is an American stage and film actor. ... See also: 1970 in film 1971 1972 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... Leonid Iovich Gaidai (Russian: Леонид Иович Гайдай) (1923–1993) is one of the most popular Soviet comedy directors, enjoying immense popularity and broad public recognition in the former USSR & modern Russia. ... // Events March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas Star Wars science fiction film. ... Andrei Mironov as Ostap Bender in the 1976 TV version of The Twelve Chairs. ... // October 30 - The film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, debuts. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Channel One (Russian: , Pervy Kanal) is one of Russias most poorly rated TV channels with the smallest reception area. ... Oleg Menshikov (right) in the 2005 Fandorin-movie The Councillor of State. ...


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Ostap Bender - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (243 words)
Ostap Bender is a misanthropic con man and comic hero in the novel The Twelve Chairs (January 1928 - Russian: Двенадцать стульев).
Ostap Bender searches in the Soviet Union during the New Economic Policy era in order to find a diamond treasure which was hidden into one of twelve chairs.
Ostap Bender was resurrected in 1931 for The Little Golden Calf (Russian: Золотой теленок) novel.
The Twelve Chairs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (236 words)
Vorobyaninov has just discovered, during the deathbed confession of his relative, that a set of jewels had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs from the family's dining room set.
Bender forces Kisa (Bender's name for Vorobyaninov) to partner with him, which ultimately helps Kisa who lacks Bender's charm and street-smarts.
Kisa and Bender set off together to locate the chairs and recover the fortune, but are stymied by a series of false leads and other trying events.
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