Library of Congress Adds Movies to 2009 National Film Registry

Recently, the Library of Congress added 24 films and one music video to its film registry.  The Muppet Movie, Once Upon A Time in the West and the Michael Jackson music video, Thriller are just a few of the things now on the registry.  The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry was created in 1989 to preserve films that are “…culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”  In case you are wondering, the movies are:

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Exiles (1961)
Heroes All (1920)
Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Jezebel (1938)
The Jungle (1967)
The Lead Shoes (1949)
Little Nemo (1911)
Mabel’s Blunder (1914)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Precious Images (1986)
Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
The Red Book (1994)
The Revenge of the Pancho Villa (1930-36)
Scratch and Crow (1995)
Stark Love (1927)
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
A Study in Reds (1932)
Thriller (1983)
Under Western Stars (1938)

The entries aren’t all art films, which explain the cultural and historical part, not that there’s anything wrong with art films. While films such as THX-1138 and Shoot The Piano Player, are discussed and picked apart in Art of Cinema classes in universities throughout the U.S., they aren’t the films that you would go to see at your local megaplex. The films chosen by the Library of Congress speak to the average moviegoer about hopes and fears. Movies aren’t just entertainment, they are the storyteller for the collective. Whether the story is fun film for both children and adults, like The Muppet Movie or one that deals with one of the most myth bound locations in the U.S., such as, Once Upon A Time in the West, movies leave their mark on us.  Movies can encourages us to dream big, touch our hearts or warn us about the things that go bump in the night.  So, the next time you are enjoying a movie, think of how future generations will view it.  Will they laugh? Will they cry? Or will they just sit back and enjoy the show?

U.S. Library of Congress, 2009 National Film Registry, The Muppet Movie, Once Upon A Time in the West, Michael Jackson, Thriller, Music Video, THX-1138, Shoot The Piano Player, Art of Cinema, movies


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