“We’re not gonna take it! No, we ain’t gonna take it! We’re not gonna take it anymore”– Twisted Sister. Those lyrics absolutely represent what this film is all about. Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike is about when an innocent worker kills himself after being accused of theft at work, the rest of the workers at the factory are not taking this sitting down! They use this as the opportunity to fight for their rights. And when that doesn’t work, mayhem ensues!
This is Sergei Eisenstein’s first film. Don’t you think it’s safe to say that he really did start out his filmmaking career with a bang? Everything about this film was epic. Strike! was shown in six parts so we were able to see systematically how the strike started, how peace was attempted to be achieved, and how the battle between workers and authority figures play out. It was about to be a series but the Soviet government stopped that from happening. The workers in the film all play protagonists because they all come together as one and are stronger that way. Eisenstein uses rapid quick shots and forms them into a montage to show how a grueling war starts when fair demands aren’t met. What scene stuck out to you the most?
By adding the murder of animals and children in his films, he’s showing how there’s no war without casualties. Makes us wonder if any of this is worth it if innocence dies. War doesn’t come with a happy ending no matter who wins. This quote in the beginning really stuck out to me “Without organization of the masses, the proletarian is nothing.” We can’t just depend on one person taking a stand but for everyone to stand together. Do you believe you can make a bigger difference in numbers?
Watch Sergei Eisenstein’s first epic film and let me know what you think: