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Indies Included in 25 Films Added to National Film Registry

Indies Included in 25 Films Added to National Film Registry

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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

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