The Best Film You've Never Seen: 35 Directors Champion the Forgotten or Critically Savaged Movies They Love Paperback – Jun 1 2013
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“How necessary this book is! And how well judged and written! Some of the best films ever made, as Robert K. Elder proves, are lamentably all but unknown.” —Roger Ebert, author and film critic
“I hate Robert Elder. While the rest of us struggle to come up with compelling content, he follows The Film That Changed My Life with another must-read for the novice and hard-core cinephile alike. Anyone who is passionate about art must be prepared to abandon the comfort of conventional wisdom to defend the denigrated and the dismissed; Elder and his impressive cast of commentators inspire us to continue battling for our beloved personal treasures.” —Adam Kempenaar, critic/host, Filmspotting
“Sometimes it can be more of a pleasure to hear someone discuss a movie with love than it is to see the movie itself. The thoughts and enthusiasms of Richard Linklater, Guy Maddin, John Waters, and others are alone worth the price of admission—and Steve James describing a movie I already love is no less instructive.” —Jonathan Rosenbaum, author and film critic
“It’s always fascinating to learn which films filmmakers themselves admire, and even more so to read about movies they regard as underrated or virtually lost. Robert K. Elder has managed to coax absorbing, candid comments from directors as elusive as John Dahl, Steve James, and Alex Proyas.” —Peter Cowie, author and film historian
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With other directors such as Jay Duplass, Kevin Smith, Danny Boyle and Richard Linklater it is easy to find one who you might admire and get to take a trip inside their mind and how they think when analyzing films and in this case very obscure films and how they have manifested themselves into their own work. Totally worth the purchase and it is a very easy read.
The author suggest to prevent from spoilers to watch the movies first. After reading the book, there are 5 or 6 movies I wished I watched before I read the book, if only to enhance my reading.