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How significant is popularity at the initial release of a film in making the film a long-time classic?
Most films that are released and gain popularity quickly remain popular with the general public for a long time, but others are initially criticized and later become classics. Are most of the classic films members of the former or of the latter? Why do some movies become classics over time and others carry their initial popularity throughout time? Essentially, how powerful is the influence of a film having an excellent release to the public?