Genre Films Make Film Preservation List

LUCAS_THX-4EBDeadline passed on the information that the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has announced its annual addition of 25 films to be preserved for posterity as movies that are significant  to American culture and times. 
The Films:
AIRPLANE! (1980)
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN  (1976)
THE BARGAIN (1914)
CRY OF JAZZ (1959)
Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138-4EB (1967) pictured
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
THE EXORCIST (1973)
THE FRONT PAGE (1931)
GREY GARDENS  (1976)
I AM JOAQUIN  (1969)
IT’S A GIFT  (1934)
LET THERE BE LIGHT  (1946)
LONESOME (1928)
MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW  (1937)
MALCOM X (1992)
McCABE AND MRS. MILLER  (1971)
NEWARK ATHELET (1891)
OUR LADY OF THE SPHERE (1969)
THE PINK PANTHER  (1964)
PRESERVATION OF THE SIGN LANGUAGE  (1913)
SATURADY NIGHT FEVER (1977)
STUDY OF A RIVER (1996)
TARENTELLA (1940)
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945)
A TRIP DOWN MARKET STREET (1906)
Interesting that George Lucas’s rarely-seen student film for USC, THX 1138-4EB, was chosen, rather than the feature version, THX 1138.  Of course, it’s the first sign of his future works. Pleased to see that the late Irvin Kershner’s entry for the STAR WARS saga was selected for the honor.
THE EXORCIST was of course a cultural phenomenon of its time, causing huge controversy, and expanding the boundries of horror cinema.

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