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23 films that are secretly deeper than you thought

Yardbarker Logo By From Yardbarker of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 24: <p>The act of concealing a film's true meaning from an audience is as intellectually bold as it is commercially reckless. People abhor being sold one thing, only to find out they paid for something entirely different. </p><p>Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" recently suffered a grisly box office fate for bait-and-switching a gonzo art film in place of a psychological thriller. But that was a blatant, surface-level transgression. It's far more interesting to sneak subversive themes into seemingly straightforward studio movies (Martin Scorsese calls this "smuggling"). This can backfire, too, but at least there's a level of gamesmanship at play.</p><p>Then there are films with messages that seem to have been hidden to the director. Intentional or accidental, hidden themes can add a layer of unexpected fun to moviegoing. They can also make it awfully frustrating (especially when you realize that beloved 1980s classic is morally sketchy). Let's take a look at some of filmdom's more notable feats of subversion.</p>

Subversive secret messages in cinema

The act of concealing a film's true meaning from an audience is as intellectually bold as it is commercially reckless. People abhor being sold one thing, only to find out they paid for something entirely different.

Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" recently suffered a grisly box office fate for bait-and-switching a gonzo art film in place of a psychological thriller. But that was a blatant, surface-level transgression. It's far more interesting to sneak subversive themes into seemingly straightforward studio movies (Martin Scorsese calls this "smuggling"). This can backfire, too, but at least there's a level of gamesmanship at play.

Then there are films with messages that seem to have been hidden to the director. Intentional or accidental, hidden themes can add a layer of unexpected fun to moviegoing. They can also make it awfully frustrating (especially when you realize that beloved 1980s classic is morally sketchy). Let's take a look at some of filmdom's more notable feats of subversion.

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