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Eisenstein's first feature also remains his most watchable.
Though flawed and schematic, it's nonetheless a mighty achievement for a young man with primitive equipment and no extensive training in filmmaking.
Quite the agitprop hootenanny
It's as crazy and full-of-beans as any debut film in history.
A breathtaking essay on class conflict, not for its politics, but for its humanity and the imaginative brilliance of its director.
Lemming cinema: tragic, brutish, and inexorable.
A film which makes the case for communism, depicting capitalists as the wealthy few who exploit the masses, and the inevitable reaction to the conditions of the industrial revolution. Put more softly, it makes the case for organized labor, and for workers to utilize their strength in numbers in order to get more humane and equitable conditions â" e.g. a living wage, and for children to not be exploited. At the time the film was made, during the softer period of the NEP, communism was still in an idealistic phase, one which did not foresee the disastrous reign of Stalin or the complete loss of freedom under authoritarian rule. It can be thought of as State propaganda, but the message is still highly relevant, particularly as the oligarchies seem to be the way of the world, and the wealth gap is so large.
I liked this film for its artistic imagery and frenetic pace, both of which feel modern. Director Sergei Eisenstein uses shadows, reflections, interesting camera angles and framing, fast cuts, and tight shots on facial reactions which humanize the workers (and of course dehumanize the bosses). There is a lot of style and creativity here, for example, four pictures in a photo album turning into live actors, the way the machinery of the factory is shown, and shooting into a puddle and through a glass globe. There is also a ton of kinetic energy â" itâ(TM)s a rousing film and a call to action, and the direction and editing matches that. There isnâ(TM)t an individual story but thatâ(TM)s the point, the film is about collectivism. On the other hand, as the film goes on, a lot of the activity is with the mob running here and there, which is a little less interesting. I didnâ(TM)t like how graphic the cow slaughter scene was, and the authorities killing a baby was not only extreme but also an unfortunate way of demonizing them. Overall though, very interesting, and a great window into an important historical movement.
If Russian or experimental or documentary films intrigue you, you will enjoy seeing this film. If that isn't your cup of tea, don't watch it. Personally I can't stand these movies, they are always about the revolution and factory workers, and they don't have less than ten main characters normally. There needs to be more story and more focus for this movie to be exciting, I think. Overall, it's slightly more interesting than other films like it because of the cinematography, but I still did not enjoy it nor do I think it's a good film, it's just okay.
Sergei M. Eisenstein made "Strike", his first feature film, with barely any professional film training and proved his skill as a Director instantaneously upon the film's release! He used a quick shot to summarize his messages like no one had before and near the end of the film it is all the more apparent. In the beginning and throughout the film, these images are used sparingly and usually only one image is shown. Nearing the end however when the revolt is "dealt with" we are shown a barrage of imagery all with a poignant and totally devastating message. Numerous film techniques are on display in "Strike" and the success of this first feature guaranteed his creative control of his next film masterpiece "Battleship Potemkin" that was to come. This is a hugely influential and important piece of cinema that is essential viewing for anyone interested in film!
[font=Century Gothic]"Strike" is a 1924 silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. In it, workers toil all day long at a factory in Czarist Russia. Relations between workers and bosses are peaceful but tense. Suddenly one day, an expensive instrument is stolen from a worker's desk and the innocent worker is accused of the theft. With little choice, he commits suicide. Out of sheer outrage, the workers call a strike.(One of their radical demands is an eight hour work day.)[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Strike" is hardly subtle but then it really does not have to be in order to be effective. Eisenstein realized the power of images to affect people and there are some unforgettable images in this film. My main problem with this film is that the main storyline is rather disjointed. Various characters are introduced, then abandoned, then returned to again. Maybe focusing on less characters would have helped. [/font]
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