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1,199 Ratings

Strike

Stachka

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
Soviet Union, 1925
Drama, Silent

Synopsis

In his first film, Sergei Eisenstein employs dynamic editing and experimental camerawork to dramatize the saga of a bitterly-fought factory strike in 1903.

Our take

The debut by Soviet film titan and one of the most influential filmmakers in cinema history, Sergei Eistenstein. Vivid, viscous, invigorating and utterly scathing in its critique of capitalism and the tribulations of striking workers, the film immediately declares itself the work of a visionary.

Strike Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
[Eisenstein] generates a palpable dissonance and disquiet, and tenacious momentum and release. Perhaps owning to his engineering background, Eisenstein’s formal rigor intensifies and expands, yielding stacks and layers and rows of friction, planes of action that offer up the jarring boldness of his vision: aggressive, detailed, but never overwhelming.
August 16, 2018
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The possibility that workers and peasants were simply untutored in the art of watching a movie to such an extent that two different realistic shots could combine for them in a single metaphor remained unaddressed at the time. And yet, already by the end of the decade, Eisenstein, just like Kuleshov, was to discover that his formal experiments were unacceptable for the officially sanctioned policy of making “movies for the millions”.
December 14, 2017
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This razor-crisp blast from the past isn’t quite as burdened with grim, commanding Communist purpose as Eisenstein’s subsequent silents. It is, in fact, sprightly, jaunty, ceaselessly inventive and, surprisingly enough if you haven’t seen it in a few decades, witty.
December 26, 2016
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