The series will aim to provide concise companion guides to the most important and interesting films to emerge from Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema from its inception to the present day. While based on solid scholarship, the books will be written in a clear and accessible style. Each volume will have a broadly common structure, while allowing some flexibility to cater for the particular needs of individual films. Illustrated and at an attractive price, the volumes are aimed primarily at undergraduate and postgraduate students and an interested and intelligent general readership. Each instalment will contain production details, a brief plot synopsis, analyses of the films both in terms of content and context, and an analysis of how they were received.