What are the best films on Netflix?
That’s the question posed by a new documentary on the streaming service, which is being released in the US this week.
Elisa Lam, the documentary’s producer, was looking for the best historical films on the service.
“The idea of a documentary about film was really a strange one to start with,” she told Business Insider.
“It is so often the case that documentaries that are about people and things, that are so personal, so about their lives and experiences, tend to be very focused on them.
It’s often a very personal piece.””
The more you go and explore and see the world, and the more you look at the people and the places, the more your understanding of the world gets wider and wider.””
You start to feel more at home.”
Elisa was able to spot the films that she wanted in her search, and discovered that they had been uploaded to Netflix in the UK.
“There’s this amazing network of films, and you can go and search them out, but they’re also accessible online, so you can do a search of any of them,” she said.
“I started to realise that you can actually search for movies on the internet.”
Elissa said the films she was looking at were all about the United States, from the Civil War to the Great Depression.
“They’re really focused on the Civil Rights Movement,” she explained.
“That’s what’s really fascinating to me about that.”
The US film archive is a huge part of the Netflix experience.
“They’re literally everywhere,” she noted.
“People love Netflix.
People love the documentaries.”
It was then that Elisa realised she was missing out on some of the best documentaries on the site.
“When I started looking at the films, I realised that there are films from every country in the world,” she revealed.
“In my head, I thought I’m going to find a couple of films from the US, but I ended up with the majority of the films being from France and Germany.”
She then turned her search towards the British archives.
“My head was thinking I’m just going to search for British films, but there’s actually a whole range of films on British films that I didn’t even know existed.”
Elisha decided to look into the archives and discovered a huge amount of British films were missing from the Netflix catalog.
“A lot of them were just documentaries that were never actually released in English,” she continued.
“So it’s a very fascinating experience to actually go through all of the archives to see how many of these films have been missing.”
The British Film Archive is a network of independent films, documentaries and collections from across the UK and Europe.
Elisa found that many of the UK’s best films were available on Netflix in Germany and France, but were unavailable in the United Kingdom.
Elissa also discovered that Netflix was offering a “gold” version of the most popular films that had never been released in Britain, with the “film edition” version being the version that had been made available to the public.
“This version of films that are available for free on Netflix is actually very rare,” she added.
“You don’t see many films in this edition that are actually free.”
“It’s so rare that you actually get the film edition of a film.
It takes an incredibly long time to get a film out.”
Elias has now set out to get the best movies that were missing on Netflix into her hands, and she hopes to make a documentary of the missing films as soon as possible.