University of Pittsburgh Russian and Soviet Cinema

Maintained by Vladimir Padunov

 13 May 2009 The following bibliography on Russo-Soviet cinema (1896 to the present) makes no claims to being exhaustive.

Suggestions for corrections and additions are welcome. It was originally compiled to assist non-Russian speaking undergraduate students enrolled in two University of Pittsburgh courses that fulfill the university’s writing requirement for graduation. These courses–Russian 0870-W (History of Russian Film I: The Beginnings to Stalin) and Russian 0871-W (History of Russian Film II: From Stalin to the Present)–are offered annually by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Film Studies Program. Initially the bibliography contained entries only in English.

Over the years, however, the bibliography began to be used by graduate students in both the Slavic Department and the Film Studies Program, especially those enrolled in courses on the history of Russo-Soviet cinema (Russian 2638: Lumière To Lenin: Russian and Soviet Cinema, 1896-1934; Russian 2639: Stalin at the Movies: Soviet Cinema, 1934-1953; and Russian 2640: Post-Stalin Russian Cinema: Soviet and Russian Cinema, 1953-Present). For this reason materials in Russian, French, German, and Italian began to be added to the bibliography in 1998.

The list below is organized to provide an ever-narrowing focus, from reference works and monographs on Russo-Soviet history to specific time intervals, and, finally, to an alphabetical list of significant figures and institutions in the history of Russo-Soviet filmmaking.

  1. Reference Works on Russo-Soviet Film History and Terms
  2. General History
    1.  General History of Russia and the Soviet Union
    2. Russo-Soviet Material and Popular Culture
    3.  Russo-Soviet Film Posters
    4. World Film History
  3. Current Journals
  4. Russo-Soviet Cinema
    1. Russo-Soviet Cinema: General History
    2. Russo-Soviet Cinema: Pre-Revolutionary
    3. Russo-Soviet Cinema: 1917 Through the 1920s
      1. Formalism
      2. Formalism: History
    4. Russo-Soviet Cinema: Stalinism, 1930s-1953
      1. Socialist Realism
    5. Russo-Soviet Cinema: The Thaw, 1953-1967
    6. Russo-Soviet Cinema: Stagnation, 1967-1985
    7. Russo-Soviet Cinema: Perestroika and the Post-Soviet Period, 1986-
    8. Russo-Soviet Cinema: Issues in 20th Century Russian and Soviet Cinema
    9. Russo-Soviet Television and Video, Comics and Internet
    10. Russian and Soviet Filmmakers: all information is organized around an alphabetical list of major actors, directors, and scriptwriters; administrators, critics, and film studios
      1. Russian and Soviet Filmmakers: A-D
      2. Russian and Soviet Filmmakers: E-G
      3. Russian and Soviet Filmmakers: I-L
      4. Russian and Soviet Filmmakers: M-R
      5. Russian and Soviet Filmmakers: S-Z
  5. Central Asian Cinema
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