Strike (Stachka)
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The first full-length feature project of pantheon Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, Strike is a government-commissioned celebration of the unrealized 1905 Bolshevik revolution. The story is set in motion by a series of outrages and humiliations perpetrated on the workers of a metalworks plant. The Czarist regime is unsympathetic to the workers, characteristically helping the plant owners to subjugate the hapless victims. Finally, the workers revolt, staging an all-out strike. Here is where Eisenstein's theory of "the montage of shocks" was given its first major workout. While… More

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"Eisenstein's first feature also remains his most watchable."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's as crazy and full-of-beans as any debut film in history."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Though flawed and schematic, it's nonetheless a mighty achievement for a young man with primitive equipment and no extensive training in filmmaking."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A breathtaking essay on class conflict, not for its politics, but for its humanity and the imaginative brilliance of its director."
‑ , Film4
"Quite the agitprop hootenanny"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Lemming cinema: tragic, brutish, and inexorable."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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