About the Book:
A critical discussion with modern filmmakers about the brilliant but obscure films they love.
In The Best Film You've Never Seen, 35 directors champion their favourite overlooked or critically savaged gems. Among these guilty pleasures, almost-masterpieces, and undeniable classics in need of revival are unsung noirs ("Murder by Contract"), famous flops ("Can't Stop the Music," "Joe Versus the Volcano"), art films ("L'ange"), theatrical adaptations ("The Iceman Cometh"), B-movies ("Killer Klowns from Outer Space"), and even a few Oscar-winners ("Some Came Running").
In these conversations, the filmmakers, including Guillermo del Toro, John Waters, John Woo, Edgar Wright, and Danny Boyle, defend their choices. These films, they argue, deserve a larger audience and for their place in movie history to be reconsidered. But the conversations' tangents, diversions, and side trips provide as much insight into the directors' own approach to moviemaking as into the film they're discussing. The filmmakers are the perfect hosts, often setting the tone, managing expectations, and giving advice about how you should watch each movie. They're often brutally honest about a film's shortcomings or the reasons why it was lost in the first place.
The Best Film You've Never Seen is not only a guide to some badly overlooked movies but a bold attempt to rewrite film history.
What people say:
"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
About the Author:
Robert K. Elder is an American journalist and teacher. He has contributed articles to the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Onion AV Club, and many other publications. A Montana native and graduate of the University of Oregon, he lives and writes in Chicago.