The filmmakers I'm working with are French, German, and Russian, and they're all avant-garde directors.
So what I'm really wondering is, does anyone know how these countries differed in filmmaking style and production from America (in the 1920s specifically). And especially, how did the different styles make the European industries more open to avant-garde (like, modernist, etc.) experimentation? And what was different about the American system that made it less open to avant-garde style experimentation? From the research I've done, I feel like it has a lot to do with the division of labor, but I can't seem to get a clear picture on this.
I have access to a pretty big film library, so if anyone can recommend anything to watch, that would also be great. :D