Wednesday, December 13, 2017

25 New Films Inducted into the National Film Registry for 2017

Every year 25  films are inducted into the National Film Registry.  These films are considered important for various reasons. 

From CNN:

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" at the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress?

That classic film is one of 25 added to the library's registry of films this year.

Chosen for "cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance," this year's selections range from the 1905 film "Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street," which documented the early days of the New York subway system, to James Cameron's "Titanic" and the 1987 biopic "La Bamba."

"The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation's cultural and historical heritage," Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. "Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole. Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor."

Director Richard Donner had two of his films selected, "Superman" and "The Goonies."

"I thank the National Film Registry for choosing 'Superman: The Movie' and 'The Goonies' as films to be treasured," Donner said in a statement.

"They are both special films in my life, as was the cast and crew for both. It's wonderful to see them listed among so many great films."

Here is the complete list inducted this year, and below that are screenshots taken from those films on the list that I have in my own library.  I have ten of them, but I’m sure I’ll add some more.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) 1951
Boulevard Nights 1979
Die Hard 1988
Dumbo 1941
Field of Dreams 1989
4 Little Girls 1997
Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection 1920s and 1930s
Gentleman’s Agreement 1947
The Goonies 1985
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967
He Who Gets Slapped 1924
Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street 1905
La Bamba 1987
Lives of Performers 1972
Memento 2000
Only Angels Have Wings 1939
The Sinking of the Lusitania 1918
Spartacus 1960
Superman 1978
Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser 1988
Time and Dreams 1976
Titanic 1997
To Sleep with Anger 1990
Wanda 1971
With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain 1937-38

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