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Russian cinema: an introduction (SLAV 2785): Books and videos

This guide is to assist in research on pre-revolutionary Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russian cinema. It provides guidelines for library use and lists some of the most useful reference materials, databases, websites, and book catalogs.

Finding videos

Finding Russian videos in Gelman's media collection:

Russian and Soviet films in the Gelman media collection can be searched in the Articles+GW+Consortium Catalog by title or by director or by actor. For example: "War and peace" or "Mirror" or "Ballada o soldate" (in Russian), or Andrey Tarkovsky (director) or Aleksei Batalov (actor).

Circulation hours:

Spring 2020

Monday - Thursday     9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00p.m.

Saturday 12 noon - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 12 noon - 10:00 p.m.


Search for books in the Gelman Library and other WRLC Libraries  by using main catalog box Articles+GW+Consortium Catalog 
A good way to begin a search in the Catalog on a particular topic is to search by keyword. Please note that keyword phrases, e.g., "Alov  and Naumov" or “Tarkovsky Mirror”, should be enclosed in quotes.

Book locations:
Most books on film are located in the stacks on the 6th floor of Gelman library. Look for them in the stacks to the left of the entrance into the reading area.

They will be found in the PN area and within the following call number ranges: PN1993.A3 D387 to PN1999.W3 B57 1999.

Books on film directors are found within the range PN1998.3 .A435 M37 1996 to PN1998.3 Z56 A5 2005.

Most books on Russian and Soviet cinema are found within the range PN1993.5 .R8 A15 2007 to PN1993.5 .S69 R299 2005.

Some reference books on cinema will be found in the PN area in the reference area on the main floor of Gelman.
General cinema-related reference books on Russia and the Soviet Union are found in the reference stacks in the Global Resources Center (GRC) on the 7th floor of Gelman library.


Catalog search

Search for books in the Articles+GW+Consortium Catalog



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