Strike

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Released 1925

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Director:
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Released:
1925
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Strike is a classic Russian silent film from 1925, portraying the factory workers' struggle for their rights at the start of the industrial revolution. The film sets at a mill in a pre-communist Russia. Long hours and appalling working conditions frustrate workers, but none of them have complained so far. A factory foreman (Grigori Aleksandrov) accuses a poor family man, Yakov (Anatoli Kuznetsov), of stealing a valuable tool. Yakovv is innocent, and learns that it will take a month to pay back the factory. He hangs himself knowing that he will not be able to support his family and pay back the factory. Angry workers immediately revolt. They find their foreman hiding in his office and humiliate him by throwing the manager in a lake. Workers then stop work and go home to form a set of demands. The head of the workforce known as "The King" (Boris Yurtsev) takes the demand list to the board of directors. Although the worker's demands are reasonable, the owners contemplate on how to get rid of the problem over some whiskey and cigars. Viewers then sees the SEO clean a spill using the list of workers demands as a napkin. The board hires a police spy Police Spy (Maksim Shtraukh) to infiltrate the workforce. The Governor sends in the military after workers start to loot due because of hunger, which results in a full war between innocent men women and children and government officials.moreless
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