The Library of Congress is out today with its annual list of 25 films that will be added to the National Film Registry.
The films are singled out for their artistic... cultural or historical significance.. and some of the selections might surprise you.
John Travolta's disco moves can now be studied for generations to come. Saturday Night Fever.and Empire strikes Back are just two of the movies the Library of Congress chose to be preserved forever. James Billington with the Library of Congress had this to say about the preservation of these movies"Well it's not like the Academy Awards. These are Films,historically culturally or artistically important for the country." The library chooses 25 significant films each year for its National Film Registry.
The Exorcist made the list- one of the most influential horror films of all time. McCabe and Mrs. Miller - reinvented the Western. There are comedies like "The Pink Panther" and "Airplane" And "Saturday Night Fever" is said to have created a whole new kind of movie-musical.
There's now 550 movies in the National Film Registry. More than the Library of Congress can store here in Washington, so it built a special cold-storage facility in Virginia- now holding over a million films.
Among this year's rare gems: one of the first motion pictures ever made, and this San Francisco film from 1906, shot a month before an earthquake devastate the city.
And the like the force in Star Wars The Library of Congress is ensuring that the "force" of these films will be with us forever.
For a full list of films on the registry, click on the link below.
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