"The Battleship Potemkin," "By the Law," "Mother," "Earth," "Man With a Movie Camera," "Alexander Nevsky": Russia and the Soviet Union produced some of the greatest films the world has ever seen. Leyda has written a riveting history of the pioneers and artists who made these films. His acclaimed book tells the story of the industry that spawned them and the revolution that both inspired and crushed them.
"Certainly the most important appraisal of Russian film ever made in book form."--Theatre Arts
"Exceedingly interesting, authoritative and well-documented."--The Times Literary Supplement
"The only work to give such a full and fluent survey of that great area of film production which has been both a stimulus and an enigma to the rest of the world."--The New York Times Book Review