Strike [Blu-ray] [English] [1925]

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Special Features

  • Glumov's Diary - For Years considered lost, Eisenstein's first film is a playful experimental short made for his stage production of Alexander Ostrovsky's Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man
  • Eisenstein and the Revolutionary Spirit - Film Historian Natacha Laurent places Eisenstein's work in the context of the Communist Revolution and contemporary Soviet filmmaking


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 the notion of juxtaposing short, separate images to heighten tension and excitement was not new, Eisenstein was the first to fully understand the value of using sudden-shock images (a bloody face, a fired weapon, a descending club) to make his dramatic and sociological points. Playing to mixed reviews and small audiences in Russia, Strike proved a success worldwide, assuring Eisenstein complete creative freedom on his next project, the immortal Potemkin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Ivan Klyukvin
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    Grigory Alexandrov
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    Mikhail Gomorov
  • Maxim Shtraukh
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    Boris Yurtsev
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