Eisenstein's images are sharp and unforgettable, while his tommy-gun editing demolishes contemporary perceptions of silent films as slow and demure. The bonus this time around (in addition to the ravishing new print) is the return of the eccentric and extraordinary Alloy Orchestra, providing live accompaniment. The Alloy's appropriately torrential and percussive score perfectly matches Eisenstein's rambunctiousness and intensity. As an unexpected treat, the trio also works in some marvelous shavings of elegance and whimsy that underscore Eisenstein's modernity. All in all, an epic, rousing experience, with a running time under an hour-and-a-half. Not bad for a message film, eh?
-- Michael Fox
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies Strike on Friday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. at the Castro Theater, 429 Castro (at Market), S.F. The film will be followed by Metropolis at 10:15 p.m. Admission is $7; call 621-6120.