Eisenstein’s “Strike”

strike (5.1) Just in time for May Day, the Providence Community Library is presenting a free screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 classic “Strike” projected with 16mm film.

This was Eisenstein’s first full-length feature; he would go on to make “The Battleship Potemkin” later that year. “Strike” depicts a strike in 1903 by the workers of a factory in pre-revolution Russia, and their subsequent suppression. The film is most famous for a sequence near the end in which the violent putting down of the strike is cross-cut with footage of cattle being slaughtered, although there are several other points in the movie where animals are used as metaphors for the conditions of various individuals.

So . . . not for the kiddies. “Strike” is a silent movie and will be accompanied by live sound from Bevin Kelley aka Blevin Blectum. Running time 82 minutes.

Free, 7:30pm to 9pm, Tuesday, May 1, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street

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