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Sergei Eisenstein’s first feature, made in 1924, is both one of his finest works and a remarkable expression of the brief-lived alliance between Soviet communism and avant-garde filmmaking. The director’s pioneering use of quick cuts and montage is both formally dazzling and impeccably ideological; Strike’s crowd scenes express the will of the masses rather than that of any one charismatic leader. (This, of course, is not exactly how the Soviet Union ended up working.) While the exploited workers are shown as mere cogs in the machine—or, in the slaughterhouse montage, just so much meat—the capitalist factory owners are depicted as grotesquely individual. This screening features both a new 35 mm print and a new score by Boston trio the Alloy Orchestra, which debuted earlier this fall at the Telluride Film Festival. The group will perform its score live, as it did previously for a National Gallery showing of Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)