BAMPFA Collection Print / BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.
Alexander Antonov, Grigori Alexandrov, Mikhail Gomorov, Maxim Strauch,
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, USSR, 1923
A witty parody of Dziga Vertov’s Kino-Pravda newsreel series, made as an entr’acte for a Proletkult theater production.