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10 Films That Shook The World: Strike/Stachka

One of the most stunning cinematic debuts in movie history, Strike brought the radical stage techniques of Vsevolod Meyerhold and the Proletcult Theatre to the screen to tell the stirring story of a 1903 workers’ walkout at a Moscow factory.

A Cinematic Centennial Celebration of the Russian Revolution Presents

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Sergei Eisenstein’s Debut Film: STRIKE / STACHKA

The Los Angeles Workers Center and Hollywood Progressive co-present the revolutionary classic Strike.

Before there was Battleship Potemkin Sergei Eisenstein directed his first feature-length film, 1925’s Strike/Stachka. One of the most stunning cinematic debuts in movie history, Strike brought the radical stage techniques of Vsevolod Meyerhold and the Proletcult Theatre to the screen to tell the stirring story of a 1903 workers’ walkout at a Moscow factory. The striking proletarians’ demands include wage hikes, the 8 hour day - only 6 hours for children! - and more.

Using powerful imagery and the “montage of associations,” Eisenstein vividly, viscerally depicts class struggle, pitting the collective mass hero against the capitalists, their spies and police.

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What: Strikescreening.

When: Friday,7:30 p.m., May 26, 2017.

Where: The L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Place, L.A., CA 90019.

This screening of Strike is the fourth in a monthly film series running through November 2017 to commemorate and celebrate the 100thanniversary of the February and October 1917 Revolutions in Russia, and 1905’s mass uprisings. All 10 films screened during these 10 months are Soviet cinema classics, among the greatest political films ever made.

Before each screening at the L.A. Workers Center a speaker briefly introduces each film and filmmaker. After the movie the speaker will make additional remarks, followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments are served. These black and white, silent films, with English subtitles, and musical soundtracks, are screened under imperfect conditions, although this is a chance to see them projected on a big screen. Admission is free, although donations and potluck contributions are accepted. Screenings start at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Film historian/critic Ed Rampell, author of Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States, is the series’ programmer/co-presenter. For info: laworkersedsoc@gmail.com.