the western movies (some of them ) who imposed the idea that the indians were ''cannibals or brutal'' to world is not propaganda but this is a propaganda film ?! at 21st century's people are still taking shower with gov organized dogs' water cannon's pressured water for defending freedom and democracy on streets. According to your simple logic it is modernized propaganda action too. no !This is reality.
A perfect example of what cinema can give to human perception, this film is not only full of astonishing images and compositions, but the editing techniques are used to perturb the viewer. Eisenstein has the ability to translate the fundamental meaning of communism into cinema. He gives dignity and value to proletarian society and ridicules capitalist power.
Hard to believe this to be a debut film. The pioneering editing, the perfect timing, the brilliant cinematography would suggest years of experience –a literal master-piece, not a beginner's work at all. Absolute control of the medium. The script is sometimes dull, but that's not the reason why you're watching this movie. Shame for the scene of the cow slauthering, a barbarity that has nothing to do with Art.
It's hard to get involved in Strike: the massa is de-humanized and the bourgeoisie consist only of caricatures. That's of course what the leaders of the Soviet-Union wanted to see. Although there are better films made than Strike (even in the silent era) there are few films that pushed the boundaries of filmmaking further.
Motion! The film is a chaotic churning, an ocean of workers. It is amazing how story can surface with only image, music and some title inserts. I am unsure of the exact historical context of the film other than what it portrays, though I loved how full of energy the film was from start to finish. The scenes in the rain were spectacular. The finale was unforgettable. The scale of the set piece is almost unbelievable.
I found Eisenstein's first major film much more relatable than the equally ingenious "Potemkin". Forceful pictures illustrate the violent suppression of a strike of factory workers for better working conditions. Eisenstein brought on a revolution in film making and in "Strike" this revolution is rendered comprehensible even for a modern audience.
Eisenstein's first feature film is a fairly straightforward propaganda piece about the workers in a factory revolting against their owners and losing the fight tragically. While this may not be the most sophisticated film he made, like all of is work, it's lively, energetic and a superb example of political film making.
Eistenteins' power of visual imagery exposed in a most dramatic "cookbook" for social strife. For a more detailed account of the multiple strikes (and corresponding massacres) that lead to the Bolshevik revolution vis-a-vis Rasputin, check out Elem Klimov's Agoniya!