Library of Congress Recognizes 25 Films

1/01/2011 Posted by Admin

Library of Congress Recognizes 25 Films

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By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto

Each year, The Library of Congress National Film Registry selects a handful of movies that represent high points in cinematic achievement and deserve to be archived. This year, geeks can celebrate, with “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second and generally most beloved entry in the “Star Wars” franchise, getting selected for inclusion, The Associated Press reports. While this may have something to do with the recent passing of its director, Irvin Kershner, it’s always been hailed as a remarkable film and whether the decision was political or not, it deserves this honor.

Horror buffs were also thrown a bone, with “The Exorcist” making its way on to the list. In fact, the great American cinema of the 1970s was strongly represented this time around, with such landmark films as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “Saturday Night Fever” and “All the President’s Men” being selected.

George Lucas, who did not direct “Empire,” was also honored, with his student film “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB” being selected by the Library of Congress. Don’t confuse that with the remake starring Robert Duvall.

Another recent death was acknowledged when “Airplane!,” starring the late Leslie Nielsen, was also chosen for the list. It was one of the few pure comedies that made the list this year.

As per usual, however, the process of selection meant that some more obscure films were to be archived, including a two-minute documentary on sign language and a short from the late 19th century. The Registry is trying to preserve milestones in film history, not simply fan favorites, and part of that process involves finding lesser-known works that represent a turning point for the medium.

Still, we’re fairly certain that it’s going to be the inclusion “Empire” that pleases most film geeks this year.

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