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Sergei M. Eisenstein
In Russia's factory region during Czarist rule, there's restlessness and strike planning among workers; management brings in spies and external agents. When a worker hangs himself after being falsely accused of thievery, the workers strike. At first, there's excitement in workers' households and in public places as they develop their demands communally. Then, as the strike drags on and management rejects demands, hunger mounts, as does domestic and civic distress. Provocateurs recruited from the lumpen and in league with the police and the fire department bring problems to the workers; the spies do their dirty work; and, the military arrives to liquidate strikers. Written by
This film is definitely a piece of political propaganda on behalf of Communism. However, whether or not you agree with the film's politics or with propaganda in general, it is an important work in the history of cinema.
Sergei Eisenstein was one of the greatest film-makers of the silent era. His theories of film editing and "montage" (juxtaposing different images to heighten dramatic or emotional impact) give the film it's impact.
The film's story deals with a strike by the workers of a Russian factory in 1912. It's told through striking images, camera angles and, sometimes excessive symbolism.
This film is a must-see for anyone studying film or interested in the history of world cinema.
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