I've been reading A Short History of Film, I forget who by, which has delighted me by discussing film outside of Hollywood. I mean, it starts in the United States, but that's only sense. However, before we get to the advent of sound, it talks about silent film in any country which produced film at the time. It also discusses the (very limited) studios which made films for, by, and about black people.
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"