Strike: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"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.Read more ›
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tragedy on film (SPOILER ALERT!)--unlike his "Potemkin" later---visually and musically excellent, got to me emotionally--better than I expected..Published 5 months ago by gena
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 23 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 on October 13, 2013 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
is... Read more
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
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