6 June 2012 | MartinHafer
While dated today, back in 1925 it was way ahead of its time.
"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I would think that most folks watching "Strike" today would find the film very outdated and even a bit dull.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.