What Makes A “Classic” Movie?

The Independent wonders: ‘The old idea that “classic” movies were either arthouse titles or the most prestigious Hollywood films has been abandoned. The kitsch, the genre titles and the offbeat are now championed as never before. Ed Wood’s 1959 film “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (often called one of the worst movies in history) is now regularly referred to as a classic, as are the dumbest of the Abbott and Costello movies and the lowest-grade horror films. The very term “classic” has become so loosely bandied about that it has ceased to have any real meaning.’

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