Film.com: Revival Goes West: Is ‘The Assassination of Jesse James’ About to Become a Confirmed Classic?
Our final piece in a week-long series of Jesse James Revival related content, leading up to tomorrow’s sold out screening of “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” comes from Film.com’s Calum Marsh.
Click here to view the entire article, or read an excerpt below. For those of you attending tomorrow night’s screening, we look forward to seeing you. Tickets are still available for Sunday’s screening at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and tickets are on sale for the Tucson, AZ screening on December 17, 2013. Thank you again to everyone for your support!
Here is an excerpt from Calum’s article:
Among critics, and among American critics in particular, the traditional attitude toward any film’s reputation is skepticism. We eye received wisdom of any kind warily. We regard consensus, or in any case simply the illusion of consensus, as inherently dubious. Inclined, perhaps, to follow our territorial impulse, we reject the dustiest exponents of the canon with a vitriol commensurate with their esteem, chucking out old favorites to clear some room for the newly reclaimed and restored. They got it wrong. But we’ll get it right: we’ll correct the historical record and give the long-maligned their due. Such adjustments, of course, are not strictly in thrall to the mercurial whims of critics eager to shake up the canonical roster — time itself, the ultimate equalizer, tends to distinguish the excellent from the merely entertaining all on its own. The neglected greatness of, say, Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate” needn’t be argued so much as chronicled: thirty years of gradual resuscitation made a strong enough case. After a few decades a flop can learn to stand up for itself. All a critic can do is facilitate the crutches.