25 Films Added to National Film Registry

Here are the 25 films that have been added to the National Film Registry. These are the films (and some clips) that have been deemed culturally and historically significant by the Library of Congress.

1. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

2. Deliverance (1972)

3. Disneyland Dream (1956)

4. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

5. Flower Drum Song (1961)

6. Foolish Wives (1922)

7. Free Radicals (1979)

8. Hallelujah (1929)

9. In Cold Blood (1967)

10. The Invisible Man (1933)

11. Johnny Guitar (1954)

12. The Killers (1946)

13. The March (1964)

14. No Lies (1973)

15.  On the Bowery (1957)

16. One Week (1920)

17. The Pawnbroker (1965)

18. The Perils of Pauline (1914)

19. Sergeant York (1941)

20. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

21. So’s Your Old Man (1926)

22. George Stevens WW2 Footage (1943-46)

23. The Terminator (1984)

24. Water and Power (1989)

25. White Fawn’s Devotion (1910)

All the hype surrounding this years list is about The Terminator being added to the registry but I am most excited about Hallelujah‘s inclusion. Directed by King Vidor, it is one of the first all-black cast studio pictures and is a huge departure from its contemporaries in its honest depiction of African-American life. If you have seen this 1929 musical, you really must check it out.

Better Late Than Never

It just occurred to me that I never posted the 2007 National Film Registry inductions, a list that was released in December. Oops.

So, here is the list now. :)
Back to the Future (1985)

Bullitt (1968)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Days of Heaven (1978)

Glimpse of the Garden (1957)

Grand Hotel (1932)

The House I Live In (1945)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Mighty Like a Moose (1926)

The Naked City (1948)

Now, Voyager (1942)

Oklahoma! (1955)

Our Day (1938)

Peege (1972)

The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928)

The Strong Man (1926)

Three Little Pigs (1933)

Tol’able David (1921)

Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son (1969-71)

12 Angry Men (1957)

The Women (1939)

Wuthering Heights (1939)

25 Films Added to National Film Registry

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:

Applause (1929)
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)
Fargo (1996)
Flesh and the Devil (1927)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Halloween (1978)
In the Street (1948)
The Last Command (1928)
Notorious (1946)
Red Dust (1932)
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971-72)
Rocky (1976)
sex, lies, and videotape (1989)
Siege (1940)
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.

25 Movies Added to National Film Registry

25 movies have been added to the National Film Registry. Selected by the National Film Preservation Board, these films have been deemed culturally, historically and artistically significant.

Here is the complete list:

1. Baby Face (1933)
2. The Buffalo Creek Flood : An Act of Man (1975)
3. The Cameraman (1928)
4. Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940)
5. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
7. The French Connection (1971)
8. Giant (1956)
9. H2O (1929)
10. Hands Up (1926)
11. Hoop Dreams (1994)
12. House of Usher (1960)
13. Imitation of Life (1934)
14. Jeffries-Johnson World’s Championship Boxing Contest (1910)
15. Making of an American (1920)
16. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
17. Mom and Dad (1944)
18. The Music Man (1962)
19. Power of the Press (1928)
20. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
21. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
22. San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906 (1906)
23. The Sting (1973)
24. A Time for Burning (1966)
25. Toy Story (1995)

Opinions? Complaints? Let me know what you think about the Library of Congress’ picks. I have one remark. Toy Story. Why is it included? It is great that a recent film was included but there are other films that should be included ahead of Toy Story. Over half of the movies made before the 1950’s have been lost and anywhere from 80 to 90 percent of the pictures made before 1920 have disappeared. Preserve those movies, not a cartoon that millions own on DVD and most likely will not disintegrate into thin air at any second.