Strike (Stachka) Reviews

  • Jun 12, 2020

    best cinema person. Im falling love with einseinstein's cinema style.

    best cinema person. Im falling love with einseinstein's cinema style.

  • Apr 03, 2020

    An impactful classic by Sergei Eisenstein.

    An impactful classic by Sergei Eisenstein.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Strike has its issues and it's simply not as terrific as the director's other classic from the same year, but still the movie's very potent in its imagery, politics and in particular the chilling finale that uses cross-cutting so well. Above all else, Sergei Eisenstein had an enormous talent which is shown here in full capacity when it comes to his great direction and absolutely stunning, very modern-looking cinematography imbued with a strong artistic flair.

    Strike has its issues and it's simply not as terrific as the director's other classic from the same year, but still the movie's very potent in its imagery, politics and in particular the chilling finale that uses cross-cutting so well. Above all else, Sergei Eisenstein had an enormous talent which is shown here in full capacity when it comes to his great direction and absolutely stunning, very modern-looking cinematography imbued with a strong artistic flair.

  • Antonius B Super Reviewer
    Dec 01, 2018

    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.

    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.

  • Jan 15, 2018

    1001 movies to see before you die. Socialist propaganda and not much of a story.

    1001 movies to see before you die. Socialist propaganda and not much of a story.

  • Oct 08, 2015

    Director and film theorist Sergei Eisenstein's first feature started his influential run in the cinema with masterful merits in production and cinematography - the influential hot spot - but the nature isn't pretty and it's sometime convoluting. (B) (Full review coming soon)

    Director and film theorist Sergei Eisenstein's first feature started his influential run in the cinema with masterful merits in production and cinematography - the influential hot spot - but the nature isn't pretty and it's sometime convoluting. (B) (Full review coming soon)

  • Jul 19, 2015

    Really enjoyed this masterpiece from Sergei Eisenstein. This was his first feature film, but it's very accomplished with fantastic and inventive films techniques with an engaging and socially important story. This film is z must for serious films fans!

    Really enjoyed this masterpiece from Sergei Eisenstein. This was his first feature film, but it's very accomplished with fantastic and inventive films techniques with an engaging and socially important story. This film is z must for serious films fans!

  • Oct 04, 2014

    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 sequences. He also captures facial expression and physical motion beautifully and powerfully and frequently cuts together images with speed and impact that were revolutionary at the time. The movie is well worth seeing as an important development in the language of film and as a reasonably entertaining - and occasionally gripping - movie in itself. The occasional flaws and weaknesses that exist in performance and storytelling can be easily forgiven to experience the brilliant composition of Eisenstein's best shots - and there are many of them to appreciate.

    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 sequences. He also captures facial expression and physical motion beautifully and powerfully and frequently cuts together images with speed and impact that were revolutionary at the time. The movie is well worth seeing as an important development in the language of film and as a reasonably entertaining - and occasionally gripping - movie in itself. The occasional flaws and weaknesses that exist in performance and storytelling can be easily forgiven to experience the brilliant composition of Eisenstein's best shots - and there are many of them to appreciate.

  • Dec 31, 2013

    Eisenstein's debut is a dizzying and wacky one.

    Eisenstein's debut is a dizzying and wacky one.

  • Oct 30, 2013

    It surprises me the entire world isn't communist with russia wielding such a compelling & dynamic propagandist as Eisenstein. He was a master artist in the silent age & this very well could be his magnum opus.

    It surprises me the entire world isn't communist with russia wielding such a compelling & dynamic propagandist as Eisenstein. He was a master artist in the silent age & this very well could be his magnum opus.