The US Library of Congress has announced the names of 25 motion pictures that will be added to the National Film Registry. This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry, which began in 1989, to 550.
List of the films selected to The National Film Registry 1989-2009
Spanning the period 1891-1996, this year's titles were picked by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who culled them from suggestions by the National Film Preservation Board and the public. More than 2,100 films were nominated by the public in 2010.
According to the press release, the chosen films are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the "best" American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring significance to American culture."
This year's titles include some of my favourites too. To name a few:
One of the first films made in America "Newark Athlete", a rare glimpse of San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake "A Trip Down Market Street", the black independent film "Cry of Jazz", John Huston’s war documentary "Let There Be Light", which was banned by the War Department for 35 years, also included in the registry.
- Airplane (1980), a ZAZ classic, non-stop one-liners.
- All the President's Men (1976), great thriller based on a true story.
- Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967), George Lucas’ student film.
- The Empire Strikes Back (1980), my favourite episode of the Star Wars saga.
- The Exorcist (1973), one of the most successful horror films of all time.
- Malcolm X (1992), Spike Lee’s biographical film about the life of the civil rights leader.
- The Pink Panther (1964), Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers and Henry Mancini. Enough said.
- Saturday Night Fever (1977), Travolta's iconic dance moves still inspire many.
List of the films selected to The National Film Registry this year
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