One of the first major films of the Soviet Montage movement, Strike is a highly political propaganda film with strong statements about collectivism. The film depicts a strike in the year 1903 by the workers of a factory in pre-revolutionary Russia, and explores the labourers’ tension and hardship under the ruling class.
Born in 1898 in Riga, Latvia, Sergei Eisenstein became one of the most world-renowned filmmakers and film theorists of the 20th century bringing a revolutionary spirit to the art of film, in particular his ideas around montage. Coinciding with the 100th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917, portrayed in Eisenstein’s film October (1928), this season of films pays tribute to one of cinema’s most influential figures, a leading architect of the language of cinema. All films in this season are presented in 35mm format.