Originally announced on December 27–
The National Film Preservation Board added 25 more films to the National Film Registry, bringing its total to 450 movies.
“The annual selection of films to the National Film Registry involves far more than the simple naming of cherished and important films to a prestigious list,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said. “The Registry should not be seen as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Academy Awards or even America’s most beloved films. Rather, it is an invaluable means to advance public awareness of the richness, creativity and variety of American film heritage and to dramatize the need for its preservation.”
Here are the latest selections:
The Big Trail (1930)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-17)
Daughter of Shanghai (1937)
Drums of Winter (1988)
Early Abstractions #1-5, 7,10 (1939-56)
Flesh and the Devil (1927)
Groundhog Day (1993)
In the Street (1948)
The Last Command (1928)
Red Dust (1932)
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971-72)
sex, lies, and videotape (1989)
St. Louis Blues (1929)
The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
Tess of the Storm Country (1914)
Think of Me First as a Person (1960-75)
A Time Out of War (1954)
Traffic in Souls (1913)
These are good selections overall but (and I said this last year), more earlier films should be added to the Registry if preservation is a key goal of the National Film Preservation Board.
For more information on the movies selected, read this article or visit the National Film Preservation Board’s official website.
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