Strike (1924)

Strike
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Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Actors: A. Kuznetsov, U. Uralsky, V. Yankova, Y. Glizer, A. Atonov, G. Alexandrov, I. Ivanov, I. Klyukin, M. Gomarov, M. Manin, M. Straukh

"The strength of the working class is organization. Without organization of the masses, the proletariat is nothing. Organized, it is everything. Being organized means unity of action, the unity of practical activity. IN 1922, Lenin also had said that, "...of all of the arts, for us the cinema was the most important." In 1924, the Proletkult offered Eisenstein, then 26 years of age, the job of directing the first of eight episodes in the film series Towards the Dictatorship. This brilliant and complex re-creating of the development of a 1912 factory strike in Tsarist Russia, and its savage destruction by agents provocateurs, police and mounted troops, was an ideal vehicle for the youthful Eisenstein to express his desire to reflect the dialectic of the Russian Revolution in the most comprehensive of art forms. Eisenstein had been developing the Kuloshov 'montage' effect in editing and in this, his first film, he uses it with tremendous skill to enhance symbolism and achieve highly charged emotional responses to the strength, energy and heroism of the working classes and the tragic events depicted. Strike is truly a visual and technical masterpiece which is, at times, overwhelming in its powerful portrayal of these events in history. Strike was the only film ever made in the series and it changed the direction of the Soviet cinema for many decades to come.

DVD
Status: Normal
Run time: 95mins
Origin: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Fullscreen

Member Reviews (2)

Arthur S.
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Eisenstein's first film is a dynamic story of a failed workers' strike told with panache and, yes, some crazy montage action (not to mention superimposition and other camera tricks of the time). The Kuleshov effect shots (you see someone's face, then you see what they are looking at, then back to the person) can be somewhat jarring. Too bad the fat cat capitalists win (this time).
Posted Friday, 26 March 2010 See my other reviews
Tony
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Hard to believe this outstanding film was made way back in 1924. The advanced filming and directing techniques set the standard for the industry - and even today are still rarely equalled. This high quality transfer to DVD is an absolute must for historians and film buffs.
Posted Monday, 30 June 2008 See my other reviews