The Subtle Brilliance of ‘Groundhog Day’

How religion, Belgian pop music, and Rachmaninoff elevate the Bill Murray classic

I will never tire of watching Groundhog Day. In fact—and, perhaps, fittingly—the film only seems to get better with each repeat viewing. That would help explain its steady rise in popularity, from mild admiration at its release in 1993, to near-universal acclaim today. “ ‘Groundhog’ will never be designated a national film by the Library of Congress,” the Washington Post infamously predicted. Yet there it sits, enshrined forever in the National Film Registry alongside Casablanca and The Godfather.

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