Not every heralded classic or fan favorite was considered so in their time. Here are 10 films which have grown in appreciation since their less than stellar debuts.
Cinema is a lot like Soviet Russia. It loves to rewrite history in order to make its case, pro or con, for the artform and its import. Of course, the media helps in this regard. It pimps out its agenda for or against certain filmmakers, actors, and studios, cementing their part in what is often a pointless and puerile discussion of value. Time is the only thing that warrants and provides real critical consideration. You have to be able to walk away, to provide a bit of perspective, before you can claim an abject masterpiece, or define a full blown flop. That's why so many classics were once considered crap, back in their day. A gut reaction is never as valid as one garnered after much decision and deliberation. But with said stomach (and audience reaction) acting as a guide, several sensational movies were unfairly dismissed in their time.
Thus, we provide this list of 10 Great Films Considered Failures in their Time. Each one offers up a unique argument for allowing art to age - like fine wine or distinctive cheese - breathing within the critical complexities it creates while avoiding the instant assessment brought on by box office results. In most cases, there's a real consensus. Crowds turned up their nose and/or journalists jeered someone's blatant ambitions. Yet there are examples found throughout this collection where previous status remains a borderline call at best. Perhaps it's our contemporary brain, filled with a more complete point of view, muttering to itself about the narrow-mindedness of the past. Whatever the case, these are ten great examples of letting head, not the heart, rule when it comes to considering classics.