by indieWIRE

The Library of Congress added 25 films to the National Film Registry last
week -- as diverse a group of films as could possibly be chosen for acclaim
and preservation. The films include popular titles like "West Side Story",
independent features including "Return Of The Secaucus 7", and experimental
shorts like Oskar Fishchinger's "Motion Painting No. 1". These additions
bring the registry's total films to 225.

The National Film Registry was established in 1996 to "advance public
awareness of the richness and variety of the American film heritage, and to
dramatize the need for its preservation. The films are chosen to represent,
"a broad range of American filmmaking, including Hollywood feature films,
documentaries, avant-garde, amateur footage, films of regional interest,
ethnic, animated and short film subjects, all deserving recognition,
preservation, and access by future generations," explained James H.
Billington, Librarian of Congress. According to Mr. Billington, the
selection process involved three levels of review: by the general public,
by the National Film Preservation Board and the Library of Congress' motion
picture staff.

The following films were selected to the National Film Registry last week:

"Ben Hur, A Tale Of Christ", Fred Niblo, 1927

"The Big Sleep", Howard Hawks, 1946

"The Bridge On The River Kwai", David Lean, 1957

"Cops", Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1922

"Czechoslovakia" 1968, United States Information Agency, 1968

"Grass: A Nation's Battle For Life", Merian Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack,
Marguerite Harrison, 1925

"The Great Dictator", Charles Chaplin, 1940

"Harold And Maude", Hal Ashbury, 1971

"Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage", 1937

"How The West Was Won", Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall

"The Hustler", Robert Rossen, 1961

"Knute Rockne, All American", Lloyd Bacon, 1940

"The Life And Death Of 9413-- A Hollywood Extra", Robert Florey, 1928

"The Little Fugitive", Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, 1953

"Mean Streets", Martin Scorsese, 1973

"Motion Painting No. 1", Oskar Fischinger, 1947

"The Music Box", James Parrott, 1932

"The Naked Spur", Anthony Mann, 1953

"Rear Window", Alfred Hitchcock, 1954

"Republic Steel Strike Riot Newsreel Footage", Paramount, 1937

"Return Of The Secaucus 7", John Sayles, 1980

"The Thin Man", W.S. Van Dyke, 1934

"Tulips Shall Grow", George Pal, 1942

"West Side Story", Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, 1961

"Wings", William Wellman, 1927