This is the third in the Harcourt, Brace film books series (The Rise of the American Film by Lewis Jacobs, and Hollywood by Leo Rosten). They constitute a significant panel of interest to film makers, technicians, experts in the field. The famous Russian cinematist and teacher constitutes a legitimate ""first"" -- with a first list of his pre-film and film work, a first publication of his earliest theoretical essay, a first bibliography of his writings. The content is a ""sequence of essays"" on the modern film as an expanded medium, the theory and practice of montage in effecting a fusion of visual and audio-cinematography. Highly erudite interpretation of compositional problems, the principles of cinematic art, the synchronization of elements involved. Has concrete examples of procedure, together with sequences from scripts of An American Tragedy, Que Viva Mexico, Sutter's Gold and Ferghana Canal, and twelve film shots and music from Alexander Nevsky. Very specialized but important in its field.