Proletariat -- Drama, Strikes and lockouts -- Soviet Union -- Drama, Working class -- Soviet Union -- Drama



BAMPFA Collection Print / BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano

Alexander Antonov, Grigori Alexandrov, Mikhail Gomorov, Maxim Strauch,

Strike also screens on January 31 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.

Telling of a factory workers’ strike in czarist Russia in 1912 and its brutal suppression, Strike, in its brilliant mixture of agitprop techniques and comic-grotesque stylization, reveals the influence of the explosively rich Soviet theater in which Eisenstein was involved. In surprise associations—intercutting shots of the secret police with animals, or a massacre with an abattoir—Eisenstein is at once playful and ferocious. Essential for introducing Eisenstein’s intellectual montage, Strike is filled with memorable scenes, such as a forbidden meeting in the stockyards, that give the flavor of the underground (both myth and reality) in prerevolutionary Russia. 

  • Sergei Eisenstein
  • Grigori Alexandrov
  • Ilya Kravchunovsky
  • Valeryan Pletnyov
  • Eduard Tissé
  • Silent
  • Russian intertitles with English e-titling
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • Silent
  • 105 mins

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Unalloyed intensity (review), SF Weekly, Michael Fox, 1999

Strike (program note), Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 1999

Strike (program note), Telluride Film Festival, 1998

Film 50: introduction to film history (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, 1994

Silent film classics : the Soviets : Eisenstein and Vertov (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Judy Bloch, 1993

The cinema of Eisenstein -- excerpt (book excerpt), Harvard University Press, David Bordwell, 1993

Film and art movements : Strike (program note), Art Institute of Chicago. Film Center, 1990

Strike (Stachka) (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Judy Bloch, 1986

Eisenstein's Strike (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Judy Bloch, 1983

Sergei Eisenstein (article), American Film Institute, 1981

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