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Strike (1925)

Stachka (original title)
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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Soviet Union

Release Date:

1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La grève See more »

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Production Co:

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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Such a great made movie!
28 July 2007 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is an impressive looking piece of Communists propaganda, that glorify the common worker, from Russian movie-making pioneer Sergei M. Eisenstein.

It's one of Eisenstein's first movies, which also means that he was experimenting a lot in the movie, with many different compositions and with fantastic fast editing that give the movie pace and make the sequences more exciting. Some of the sequences are highly creative and artistic looking, with great cinematography and camera-angels. It makes "Stachka" real eye-candy to watch. It's a real innovative movie and by watching it you realize that there was a real craftsman at work. It's an absolutely brilliantly directed movie!

Of course if you're looking for a movie with a good story and compelling characters, look further. The movie itself is pretty simple with its story and uses deliciously stereotypical characters, such as the capitalistic, fat, cigar smoking and drinking factory owners. The movie uses so many stereotypes that the movie intentionally also works out as an humorous movie. It's very welcome, since the movie in general in its story is very serious and tries to send out a message.

The story is perhaps easier to follow than in most other Eisenstein movies. It's a very simple story that on paper sounds to weak and uninteresting to fill a 90+ movie with. Yet the movie never bores and always remains interesting and 'enjoyable' to follow, also not in the least thanks to the rapid editing that makes sure none of the sequences go on for too long and allow the sequences to speak for itself, rather then relying on the actors their performances or title-cards.

An essential viewing for movie-lovers!

9/10

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