B movie

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B movie

A (generally low-budget) film usually considered to be of inferior quality, so called because such films were originally shown along with popular (or "A") movies as part of a theater's "double feature." Yeah, I know it's just a stupid B movie, but I still love it.
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B movie

The low-budget second part of a movie theater's double feature. Back in the days of double features, movie houses showed two very distinct types of films. A movies were the hits—“Gone With the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “Citizen Kane,” “The Wizard of Oz”—the ones that drew patrons to the movie houses. Then there were Westerns, horror flicks, and science fiction movies that didn't cost very much to make (they were often in black-and-white). These B movies tended to be shown before the main feature; otherwise, people would leave after the A picture and then feel they hadn't gotten their admission money's worth. As double features disappeared and the cost of filmmaking grew, the curtain went down on the B movie genre.
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At the core of Farber's critique was the notion that, although it was initially unsuccessful, "Citizen Kane seems to have festered in Hollywood's unconscious until after the Wylers and Hustons returned [after the war] from their government film chores; then it broke out in full force." His analysis (in "The Gimp") of Welles' first - and perhaps greatest - film is a wonderfully insightful reading of how Hollywood went about creating the postwar, A-film formula, exemplified by "a horse-drawn truckload of liberal schmaltz called The Best Years of Our Lives." Farber is relentless in his downsizing of what he calls "solemn goiters" bearing "the label of ART in every inch of their reelage." He is, at heart, a B-movie apologist.
Yes, it was THE blockbuster of last summer, but it's still very much a B-movie at heart.