Cinema of the Other Europe: The Industry and Artistry of East Central European Film
"...the first major study of the cinematic traditions of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia from 1945 to the present day. It explores the major schools of film-making and the main stages of development across the region during the period of state socialism up until the end of the Cold War as well as more recent transformations post-1989."
Polish film: A Twentieth Century History
"Polish films are viewed from the perspectives of the late cinema historian Ford who lived in Poland, then in France; American translator/adaptor Hammond; and Polish refugee contributor Gradzyna Kudy. The volume traces major Polish films, directors, studios, and themes in sociopolitical contexts from the silent era (since Matuszewski's 1896 documentary film), through the World War II and postwar eras, to the modern period including the totalitarian years of 1981-85."
"[The author] presents an analysis of over 300 Russian films for scholars and film enthusiasts. Topics include, for example, the portrayal of women, the cinematic support of prevailing ideological norms, and the evolution of the gangster thriller genre. A comprehensive filmography completes each chapter. The text is accompanied throughout by b&w movie stills."