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Today’s Guest: Robert K. Elder, author, The Film That Changed My Life


The Film That Changed My Life by Robert K. Elder, Mr. Media Interviews

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The Best Film You've Never Seen by Robert K. Elder, Mr. Media Interviews

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My 14-year-old son is thinking a lot about college these days and just last night asked me, “Why did you get a degree in film studies?”

Good question, but I had to weigh telling him the truth with giving an answer that wouldn’t distract him. I mean, what would be the sense in saying, “Because it was the easiest major I could think of,” or “Because that’s where all the prettiest girls were,” or “Because those were the easiest classes in which to catch up on my sleep after working till midnight at the Royal Park 4 Theaters”?

I’ve always loved getting lost in a movie. I’ll start watching a film on TV – pretty much any film – from any point and get absorbed. When I was a teen, my pal Bruce Kessler and I used to ride several miles on our bikes to catch whatever was playing in East Brunswick or Princeton.

I remember many life-changing moments. Believing a man – Christopher Reeves, anyway – could fly in the first Superman. Discovering that there is nothing more beautiful than a naked woman’s breasts in a bathtub, thanks to Serpico. The start of months of nightmares following a screening of Freddy Francis’ 1972 Tales From the Crypt. (Note: During the interview, I mistakenly reference this as a Gerge Romero film. My bad.) Cursing like a Brooklyn-born sailor after meeting Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever.

That made picking up Robert K. Elder’s new interview collection, The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark, a sure thing in my life. Elder, who was on Mr. Media last year to talk about his book, Last Words of the Executed, has once again found an irresistible topic of discussion. And listen to just a few of the internationally celebrated top directors who shared their cinematic inspiration with him:

Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle. Clerks’ Kevin Smith. Bend It Like Beckham’s Gurinda Chatha. Slacker’s Richard Linklater. Mission Impossible: II’s John Woo. Pink Flamingos’ John Waters.

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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).