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Central Library PN1993.5.E2 B44 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This work maps the rich, varied cinema of Eastern Europe, Russia and the former USSR. Over 200 entries cover a variety of topics spanning a century of endeavour and turbulent history from Czech animation to Soviet montage. It includes entries on actors and directors and key figures like Eisenstein.

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Although this title supplements the two other major English-language reference titles on eastern European and Russian cinema, it does not replace them: Directory of Eastern European Film-makers and Films, 1945-1991, ed. by Grzegorz Balski (CH, Feb'93) and Handbook of Soviet and East European Films and Filmmakers, ed. by Thomas J. Slater (1992). BFI Companion lists all persons, genres, film schools and organizations, country history material, and topical entries (e.g., "Women in Eastern European Cinema") in a single alphabet, followed by a brief bibliography. Some entries have more recent and detailed material than the earlier works (e.g., the entry on Angieska Holland), but others lack the depth of discussion found for their counterparts in Handbook or the thoroughness of film listings (often including student films and shorts) in Directory. Unevenness of coverage from one director or film to another is probably inevitable in works of this kind. Laudably, BFI Companion includes some topics omitted from the previous works (e.g., "Gypsies in East European Cinema"). A worthy addition to the reference canon. C. Hendershott New School for Social Research

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