Handbook of Soviet and East European Films and Filmmakers


One of the most fascinating aspects of film studies is how it can explain more about the nature of "closed" societies. In Eastern Europe, artists, intellectuals, and entertainers are now free to create film outside the direct control of the state. And this unique handbook convincingly also shows how much film art was being produced behind the Iron Curtain even during such repressive periods as those under Stalin and Brezhnev. Slater has compiled a valuable history of cinematic evolution in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through the use of detailed historiographical essays for each country. Many filmmakers were still able to produce artistically important films, but often they were forced to become propagandizers for their authoritarian governments. This book outlines the film achievements in the Soviet Union and the eastern bloc countries, and it shows how their people responded to the films they were allowed to see.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Bruce R. S. Litte
  • Thomas J. Slater
  • Daniel J. Goulding
  • Tomasz Warchoł
  • Judith Roof
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992