I think it's a fantastic film, and way, way ahead of its time in many ways
Yeah, not really. Citizen Kane's novelty value mainly came from marrying German Expressionism with the Golden Age of Hollywood.
My God--I've never heard such a succinct, accurate one-sentence nugget about Citizen Kane's cinematic clout before--on a video game forum of all places. I'm totally stealing this.
For all the movie's triumphs, its innovativeness is grossly blown out of proportion - and very often by gamers, interestingly. It seems that there are two clichés that get mentioned whenever the cinema is discussed within a gaming context... Uwe Boll and Citizen Kane. ...I suspect that it has to do with gamers wanting the medium of their choice to be more widely accepted and appreciated, that it is a reaction to the "games are for kids" mindset that's still prevalent. They want their Citizen Kane moment, to transform the public opinion in a way that they think the movie did.
Check, check, mate.
As far as films with monolithic, unassailable reputations go which are name-checked as standard-bearers for art or "reeking of quality," to quote an old Pauline Kael witticism, I'd rather watch "Casablanca" a hundred times before visiting "Citizen Kane" again.
Anyway. Regarding the OP. What's the people's opinion of Last Year in Marienbad? Seems that, while regarded as a masterwork by some, the film (very unjustly in my opinion) arouses derision and outright hatred in others.
I happened to really like "Last Year at Marienbad" as a tragicomedy of non-communication, but comic only in the most deadpan way as our romantic "hero" impotently tries to sway our diffident heroine into his recollection of thinking, again and again and again to no avail (like a pick-up artist doomed to one routine), in the most glacial of cocktail parties in an aristocratic estate purgatory, where the trees don't cast shadows but the doomed players do. Like the ultimate New Wave "Groundhog Day" 30 years before the fact. When I watched "Melancholia" last year (my favorite of 2011) I though of Marienbad during many of Kirsten Dunst's scenes traipsing the grounds outside in an emotional Wagner cocoon.
However, I'm an unapologetic arthouse buff (considering I work for one) and proponent of Eating Your Cultural Vegetables
. I watch films like "Stalker," "Balthazar," "The Second Circle," "The Turin Horse," "Gerry," and "Meek's Cutoff" for "fun." Not always, but I take cinematic art and film criticism seriously.