Strike is the 1925 Russian silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. The workers of a plant are unhappy with their conditions while the management spies on them. The frame-up and suicide of a worker leads them to organize a strike. They give their demands to the management, who refuse to give them what they want. The bosses decide to destroy a liquor store and pin the blame on the workers. However, they are smart enough not to fall for the trap and manage to douse the fire. Will the managers use violence in order to stop the strikers?
While this is basically a communist propaganda piece, Eisenstein is still a talented director. His trademark editing style is in full force here with metaphors such as the slaughter of the peasants being compared to butchering cattle. The good thing about the movie is that the workers possess brains. They know not to take the bait of wrecking the store. In fact, one woman even pulls the alarm for the fire department. If the Honolulu viewer can get past the propaganda they should watch this movie.
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