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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 ... Queen of Thieves
Anatoliy Kuznetsov Anatoliy Kuznetsov
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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strike | factory | spy | working | police | See All (40) »

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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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Goskino, Proletkult See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The earliest Russian-Soviet film included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Activist #3: Enough of patience! Let's go out on a strike, comrades. Into the fight!
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While dated today, back in 1925 it was way ahead of its time.
6 June 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Strike" is a film about an actual workers' strike in Russia in 1903. Ultimately, the strike ended when troops massacred the strikers--one of many events that worked towards toppling the Czar's regime.

I would think that most folks watching "Strike" today would find the film very outdated and even a bit dull. They would also find the symbolism very, very obvious--sort of like 'sledgehammer' symbolism. Now I am NOT saying it's a bad film. In fact, it was VERY much ahead of its time when it debuted--with lots of inventive camera angles. It also was very effective propaganda--a film that helped to solidify the validity of the new Soviet regime. But film has changed a lot since 1925 and the film lacks subtlety that good propaganda would have today. But at the time, it did help to solidify public support behind the Communist government.

By the way, if you watch this film and Eisenstein's more famous film, "Potemkin", you'll see LOTS of similarities--especially when the czarist troops attack the people. Even the crying baby is present in both films--and both have to do with citizens going on strike and refusing to accept the status quo.


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