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Strike (12A)

+ Live piano accompaniment by Wendy Hiscocks

An image of Strike

Wendy Hiscocks performs alongside a screening of Sergei Eisenstein's epic.

Sergei Eisenstein's landmark first film tells the story of a workers’ revolt in a factory in Czarist Russia. Featuring historic experiments in the art of montage, Eisenstein used editing to juxtapose complementary images to create rapid and dynamic shifts in rhythm.

Exploring themes of collectivism versus individualism, with an explicit  revolutionary agenda and laden with visual metaphors; indeed, the emotive sequence towards the end in which the violent suppression of the strike is cross-cut with footage of cattle being slaughtered, has been compulsory viewing for film students ever since. An exemplary film of Russian revolutionary cinema.


USSR 1925 Dir Sergei Eisenstein 82 min


Barbican Cinema 1