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Strike: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] (1925)

Grigori Aleksandrov , Maksim Shtraukh , Sergei M. Eisenstein  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Maksim Shtraukh, Mikhail Gomorov, I. Ivanov, Ivan Klyukvin
  • Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Silent
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TWWAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 BLU-RAY FROM KINO.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximizing the Brilliant Moments September 26, 2011
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(THE) STRIKE was the first film made by Sergei Eisenstein. The film is a tragedy, ending in annihilation, and it does not seem to have a final resolution other than the ending title card "Remember!" That the crowned heads of Europe imposed a regime of repression upon their people for a whole century from the fall of Napoleon to the end of the First World War is a well documented fact, and so this film does not actually go over the top in portraying it. In fact, there is a lot of humor along the way, which is found off-putting by some reviewers. This humor probably belongs to a tentative strand of thinking that was going on in the Soviet film industry at the time. While STRIKE was in production, Protazanov's blend of whimsy and realism, the science fiction classic AELITA opened in Moscow, and the theater facade was decked with gigantic figures of the King and Queen of Mars. The crush of patrons was so great that the director himself was unable to get into the theater, and had to miss the premiere. This popular success seems to have frightened the Soviet authorities, and Protazanov was put on a leash, and Eisenstein himself never indulged in such antics as these again. Then there would be only the straight propagandistic melodrama of OCTOBER and MOTHER and so forth.
Of course, STRIKE is propaganda, too. Notably, we do not know the names of any single character until after he or she is dead. The worker who hangs himself leaves behind a suicide note, and only then do we find out his name. That is the trigger that launches the strike. At the end, after the massacre, a single title card appears with a bunch of first names.
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If the quick and easy label is to call Sergei Eisenstein the Orson Welles of Soviet cinema, chronology notwithstanding, then "Strike" ("Stachka") is the great director's "Citizen Kane." This comparison would be dictated not by the greatness of this 1924 silent film, but rather by the fact "Strike" was Eisenstein's debut film. What the young Eisenstein clearly has in common with the young Welles is the reckless creativity of a kid with a brand new toy. The story is about the strike of factory workers in Czarist Russia in 1912, which ends with the rebellious comrades being brutally beaten down.
Eisenstein might be consumed with exploring the boundaries of cinematic technique, but he does evince some basic storytelling skills here. The climatic tragedy is set up initial comic element, which gain our sympathy for the workers on a human rather than an ideological level. Certainly a management that brings in spies and agents to infiltrate the oppressed workers cannot be supported. The strike begins after a factory worker, falsely accused of being a thief, hangs himself. The initial excitement over the prospects of success faded as the strike goes on and on. When the provocateurs hired by management finally bring things to a head, the tired and hungry workers are no match for the military troops that come to crush them. "Strike" features Grigori Aleksandrov as the Factory Foreman, Aleksandr Antonov as a Member of Strike Committee, Yudif Glizer as the Queen of Thieves, and I. Ivanov as the Chief of Police.
The more you know about Eisenstein's later works, the more you will recognize the raw cinematic techniques he displays in his first film as being refined in his later masterpieces.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An epic feature film debut by filmmaker and film theorist Sergei Eisenstein. A precursor to the violence and large scale fights shown in his later films, "Strike" will continue to resonate strongly with cinema fans, especially for its famous final sequence.

The great Russian director Sergei Eisenstein, known for films such as the 1938 "Alexander Nevsky" and the 1944-1946 films "Ivan the Terrible" and a filmmaker who will be remembered for is his 1925 masterpiece "The Battleship Potemkin".

But a year before "Battleship Potemkin", "Stachka" aka "Strike" was created in 1925 and in Eisenstein's polemic cinematic style featured a theme of collectivism versus individualism and also featured the talent of the Proletcult Theatre.

"Strike" is a film that takes place during the Czarist rule and showcases workers of a Russian factory. The morale of the workers are low and while these workers work very long hours for little pay, the owners and higher up of the factory are shown as porkly characters that could care less about the employees but are more concerned of making money, eating and drinking well and getting rich.

Featured in six parts, the film begins with the following quote by Vladimir Lenin:

The strength of the working class is organization. Without organization of the masses, the proletarian is nothing. Organized it is everything. Being organized means unity of action, unity of practical activity.


"Strike" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:33:1) and is presented in Linear PCM 2.0 Stereo (music performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra). The edition featured on Blu-ray of "Strike" is a version mastered in HD from a 35 mm film element restored by the Cinematheque de Toulouse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Image Entertainment DVD is ultimately preferable
While the HD restoration looks great, although a little dark, I find myself going back to the old Image Entertainment DVD. Why? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Haxthausen
3.0 out of 5 stars The evils of industrialization revealed in an albeit prejudiced manner
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Joseph M. Seda
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Print of a Great Film
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
Published 15 months ago by Andrew J. Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Good silent film
Good for silent film buffs. If you're not into silent films look elsewhere first (like buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin).
Published 20 months ago by M. Ziemke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Russian silent film...
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
is... Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Yefim Royzer
3.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary filmmaking in service of revolutionary propoganda
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 more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Michael Harbour
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful story teller
This early work by Sergei Eisenstein in its Blu-Ray restoration is a fine example of storytelling in chapters. Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by Timothy B. Lynch
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:

Eisenstein's directorial flourishes are in full display in Strike, but it's slow and lacking the intensity that makes Battleship Potemkin so watchable;... Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by One-Line Film Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Eisenstein's best - with a great new score!
I've been watching and enjoying Eisenstein for ages, but watched "Strike" only recently (at the recommendation of my SEIU union president, no less). Read more
Published on October 30, 2008 by Hoffmann the Organizer
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious debut
Of all the Eisenstein films, "Strike" is easily the weakest. He attempts far too much in order to be eclectic and achieves far too little in the process. Read more
Published on April 8, 2008 by burritobrother
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