Conceived by The Cabinet of Living Cinema and commissioned by studioSTRIKE to mark the close of the Bread and Roses Film Festival (studiostrike.com/films) in May 2012, Eisenstein’s Strike was chosen to be scored live by the Cabinet using an array of instruments and a dedicated foley/ live FX artist to capture the pulsating energy and innovation of the film.
Strike is Eisenstein’s first feature length film, and all his most famous and enduring innovations are on display within the first few minutes of the film: rhythmic montage, reversed film, juxtaposition, beautifully-framed silhouette shots as well as vaudevillian caricature of the hierarchy and their agent provocateurs.
Aided by brass (Robin Harris) and percussion (Camilo Tirado), themes were devised by Cabinet founder Kieron Maguire on flamenco guitar, with hints of South American flair and modernist dissonance to capture the film’s wide range of anarchic, tragic-comic moods.
BSO violinist Jack Maguire selected excerpts from Shostakovich and Prokofiev to accentuate Eisenstein’s juxtaposition of wealth and bloated against the brutal treatment of the workers.
The nocturnal beating and water-cannon scenes rely on atmospheric foley and percussion, demonstrating foley artist’s own innovations (Robert Parkinson), including empty shampoo tubes for cigar smoke, cigarette lighters for typewriters and plastic bags for rain / water-cannons.