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Eistenstein's first film deals with a widespread labor strike in a rural factory and is, without doubt, one of the most astonishing debuts in film history. His introduction of dialectical montage--which included then-innovative shock cuts to such violent images as a raised club, a bloody face, and a bull's throat being cut--both disturbed and galvanized contemporary audiences. Combined with the expressionistic compositional style Eisenstein had absorbed from French and German films, it established its director as a new force in world cinema.
Commissioned by the government to commemorate the first, failed Bolshevik revolution, the film covers a 1912 strike at a metalworks factory whose workers have been bullied and humiliated by the plant management. When a fired worker commits suicide, the workers organize a peaceful strike. But the plant bosses make use of agents provocateurs and eventually bring in the czar's troops, who crack down on the strikers with maximum brutality. Aside from his editing innovations, Eisenstein pioneered the concept of the collective group as a character, influenced by the example of the newly formed Soviet Union, as well as the Constructivist art of the period. FIRST TIME EVER RELEASE ON DVD FROM KINO.
One of the best movies I've seen in a while. The last scenes are very powerful and will shake the soul.
While the HD restoration looks great, although a little dark, I find myself going back to the old Image Entertainment DVD. Why? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Haxthausen
Way too politically red for me. But gives a good view of the communist propaganda agenda. Does a good job showing employer control, coercion, and repression, but obviously not the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joe Seda
Soviet Silent Cinema. Remastered. Yes, it is that good.
This is not a traditional narrative, the USSR and Eisenstein in particular were more focused on the idea of... Read more
Good for silent film buffs. If you're not into silent films look elsewhere first (like buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin).Published on February 21, 2013 by M. Ziemke
I was suprised and pleased at the image quality of this film.
Watched it twice already. A lot of the film's message still rings true today as far as labor/management
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Eisenstein's first feature-length film (a government funded movie about the Bolshevik revolution) already shows his mastery of composition and his ability to create powerful... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Michael Harbour
This early work by Sergei Eisenstein in its Blu-Ray restoration is a fine example of storytelling in chapters. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Timothy B. Lynch