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Stachka (1925)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1961 (USA)
A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maksim Shtraukh Maksim Shtraukh ... Police Spy
Grigoriy Aleksandrov ... Factory Foreman
Mikhail Gomorov Mikhail Gomorov ... Worker
I. Ivanov I. Ivanov ... Chief of Police
Ivan Klyukvin ... Revolutionary
Aleksandr Antonov ... Member of Strike Committee
Yudif Glizer Yudif Glizer ... Queen of Thieves
Anatoliy Kuznetsov Anatoliy Kuznetsov
Vera Yanukova Vera Yanukova
Vladimir Uralskiy ... (as V. Uralsky)
M. Mamin M. Mamin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boris Yurtsev Boris Yurtsev ... King of Thieves
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Country:

Soviet Union

Release Date:

1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La grève See more »

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Goskino, Proletkult See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First feature film directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein. See more »

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The story is set in 1903. Throughout the film automobiles from the 1920s appear on streets. One is the 1920s auto that the worker (who stole the administrators' posted reply to workers' demands) tried to use to escape police goons during a nighttime rainstorm; when upper class women appear, they are wearing contemporary 1920s fashions, and the popular music that's on the sound track is also from the 1920s. See more »

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Title Card: Shedding light on "surveillance techniques." List of surveillance agents: Monkey, Quiet One, Bishop, Fellow-countryman, Zoya, Bulldog, Fox, Tailor, Shepherd, Owl, Creeper.
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Interesting, With Some Memorable Imagery
2 September 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Sergei Eisenstein's "Strike", like his more well-known films, is interesting and contains some memorable imagery. The story is worthwhile in itself, and it repays careful attention because of the considerable detail that is shown using Eisenstein's distinctive approach. It lacks any particularly interesting characters, but then, so did "Battleship Potemkin". Only an occasional lack of polish sets this apart from Eisenstein's later films.

The story starts with the situations that provoke the strike, and then follows developments on both sides of the dispute. It becomes surprisingly involved for what seems at first to be a simple confrontation. There is quite an assortment of situations, settings, and characters. On occasion, the images are overdone, occasionally even off-putting, but you can already see the creative use of imagery that Eisenstein would later use so effectively.

"Strike" will probably be of interest mainly to those who already appreciate Eisenstein's films, but it is worth seeing. It is really only a cut below "Potemkin", which itself, though generally the most-praised of his films, might actually be surpassed by some of his later works. In any case, "Strike" displays the same kind of style, and has several of the characteristics of the fine classics that were to come.


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