The Best Film You’ve Nev­er Seen is an attempt to rewrite film his­to­ry. In this book, 35 direc­tors cham­pi­on their favorite over­looked or crit­i­cal­ly-sav­aged gems. Direc­tor Bill Con­don (Twi­light: Break­ing Dawn) calls the­se “orphan films,” though I prefer “out­cast clas­sics.” Vis­it the offi­cial web­site: bestfilmneverseen.com.

Praise for The Best Film You’ve Nev­er Seen:

How nec­es­sary this book is! And how well judged and writ­ten! Some of the best films ever made, as Elder proves, are lam­en­ta­bly all but unknown.“
– Roger Ebert, film crit­ic, Chicago Sun-Times

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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, film crit­ic and author

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I hate Robert K. 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


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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 some absorbing, can­did com­ments from direc­tors as elu­sive as John Dahl, Steve James, and Alex Proy­as. This book offers new slants on old films, and reveals how the film­mak­ers them­selves react to oth­er movies from Europe and the U.S.”
– Peter Cowie, film his­to­ri­an and for­mer Int’l Pub­lish­ing Direc­tor of Vari­ety.

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“Rev­e­la­to­ry and always engaging…Ultimately, Elder is suc­cess­ful in pulling thought­ful, stim­u­lat­ing com­men­tary from an impres­sive group, which makes for an illu­mi­nat­ing look at eight decades of cinema…A well-writ­ten, live­ly read for pop cul­ture fans and cinephiles alike.”
— Library Jour­nal

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Any­one who loves movies should find fas­ci­nat­ing stuff here.”
— Boston Her­ald

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This will be the book that launched a thou­sand Net­flix queues.”
— Cre­ative Loaf­ing 

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…a great new book…check it out!”
USA Today’s Pop Can­dy

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For a movie lover who enjoys dis­cov­er­ies and chal­lenges, its 260-ish pages com­bine into some­thing resem­bling sheer joy. Is it too ear­ly to ask for a sequel?”
— Okla­homa Gazette

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…deliri­ous­ly enter­tain­ing inter­views…”
— Movie Geeks Unit­ed

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…film­mak­ers in this book are the per­fect hosts, often set­ting the tone, man­ag­ing expec­ta­tions and giv­ing advice about how you should watch each movie.”
— The Imi­tat­ed Life

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Armed with his research and his curi­ous spir­it, Elder crafts a book that seeks, qui­et­ly, to rede­fine the act of moviego­ing as a pos­i­tive action, to illus­trate the aspi­ra­tional nature of peo­ple who live for the moments when the lights dim low.”
Pop Mat­ters

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…a fas­ci­nat­ing read…”
— Oma­ha World-Her­ald

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…ulti­mate­ly, the book isn’t so much about the movies as it is about the moviemak­ers. Great fun for movie fans.”
— Book­list

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…hip­ping adven­tur­ous film goers to undis­cov­ered gems is the most admirable thing a movie writer can do…a con­sis­tent­ly worth­while read. ”
— Psy­chob­a­b­ble

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Now this is a great idea for a book…a trea­sure tro­ve of under-the-radar gems that movie lovers need to seek out.”
— Film­Sob­bery

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…a brisk, com­pelling read.”
— Mike McGranaghan, The Aisle Seat

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Chicago writer Robert K. Elder has once again com­bined his amaz­ing pro­lific­ness with his seem­ing­ly all-access pass to Hol­ly­wood to put out a book of inter­views with film direc­tors talk­ing about their sec­ond-great­est love: Not their own, but oth­er people’s movies.”
— Alison Cud­dy, WBEZ Chicago

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Robert K. Elder’s idea is sim­ple genius…”
— Steven Rea, Philadel­phia Inquir­er Movie Crit­ic