"It's an impressive, exhaustively researched work on Balkan early cinema grounded in regional and transnational layers of a culture history of visuality and geopolitics in modern times. Its depth and breadth are astonishing for a first monograph by a junior scholar. The work demonstrates author’s admirable ability to perform extensive archival research and sophisticated interpretation informed by interdisciplinary methodologies drawn from film phenomenology, critical theory, archival theory, art history, and socio-cultural history. It will be a significant contribution to comparative early cinema studies and modern visual culture, in addition to general East European studies."
- Zhen Zhang, New York University Tisch School of the Arts
"Ana Grgic takes us on a journey in early cinema’s relatively understudied territory within the ‘other Europe’ on the crossroads of East and West. This is a different story of modernity with tensions between memory and forgetting, the archive and its absent films, the Balkan gaze and the Oriental gaze. Grgic enhances and offers alternatives to the prevailing notions and concepts of early cinema scholarship (just to give one example shifting the focus from the flaneur to the coffeehouse regular, a largely neglected subject). She eloquently describes the experiential circumstances and the role of the early cinema-going in the 'conquest of the night' in the Balkans. One cannot help but be impressed by the masterfully built methodology, exhaustive archival research and literature survey, all of which gave way to an inspiring source that will serve as a reference point for many years to come."
- Nezih Erdogan, Istinye University