Culminating with last weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony, the extended 2020 awards season has come to a close. As debates begin to quiet down over who deserved to win or who deserved to be nominated (but egregiously wasn’t), we now find ourself mulling over our favorite films throughout history that were, at the time of their release and thereafter, woefully under-appreciated.

Everyone has a beloved film that they feel didn’t get the proper respect and attention it deserved, and it’s with this in mind that our latest Community Corner question was formed. We asked you what your favorite film was that you consider to have been under-appreciated, and the responses were incredibly wide-ranging. The films most often cited included Joan Micklin Silver’s Crossing Delancey, Claudia Weill’s Girlfriends, Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground, and Akira Kurosawa’s Stray Dog, while the most frequently mentioned directors were Charles Burnett, Mike Leigh, Michael Mann, and Elaine May.

Film at Lincoln Center’s theaters have reopened, welcoming moviegoers back to our theaters for the first time in over a year. Though we were able to connect our cinema community to Film at Lincoln Center programming through the launch of our FLC Virtual Cinema, which will continue to provide access to films nationwide, there’s nothing quite like seeing a movie with fellow patrons illuminated only by the glow of the big screen. With our 50th edition of New Directors/New Films currently in progress, the Walter Reade Theater is open again after 400 days of dark screens and empty theaters.

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