Strike ★★★★

Silent Summer

Strike is cinema intended for a higher purpose. It is uses innovative techniques and the power of montage to bring life to collectivist action. The story is overdramatic, which is perfect for cinema, and every metaphor is clunky yet hard-hitting. As workers get pressured, lemons get squeezed. As men get slaughtered, a cow is killed. It's a disgusting and provocative scene, but exactly the sort of emotive concept montage can create and manipulate. Strike is the basics of cinema shown in all their glory. Animals represent the metaphorical status of workers throughout. Yet the film also contains many direct statements about the power of labour. The strength of the proletariat comes through organisation. Strike also finds value in the live of workers and their culture. It is a film of powerful and evocative images, to bring us on the side of the righteous and exploited men of the modern world. Though it must be said that Strike goes on some strange detours, like a scene which introduces a subculture of people seemingly living in barrels. Compared to Battleship Potemkin, this is not quite so beautifully simple. Yet Strike is really about its finale, of a massacre of workers by the military. It resonates the halls of cinema forever and is one of the finest and most important scenes of its era.