The National Film Registry Adds 25 Movies, From Return of the Jedi to WALL-E

LOS ANGELES — This year’s inductees into the National Film Registry include an epic Star Wars and Lord of the Ring films, projects starring Jennifer Lopez and the late Cicely Tyson along with films that took on racially motivated violence against people of color.

The Library of Congress has announced Tuesday that all films will be included in the Library of Congress’s Film Collection. Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the RingPlease see the following: A Nightmare on Elm StreetThey are one of 25 films selected for preservation in this year’s film festival. Lopez’s starring role in the 1997 biographical film Selena and Tyson’s SounderIn 1972, the registry was established.
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The national library said this year’s selections date back nearly 120 years. The oldest selection was by the Ringling Brothers Parade Film1902.

“Films help reflect our cultural history and creativity—and show us new ways of looking at ourselves—though movies haven’t always been deemed worthy of preservation,” Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, said in a statement. “The National Film Registry will preserve our cinematic heritage, and we are proud to add 25 more films this year.”

Hayden and Jacqueline Stewart (film historian) will talk about the new films in an exclusive television program on Turner Classic Movies, Friday 8:15 EST.

Since 1988, the library has chosen movies to be preserved due to their artistic, historical and cultural significance. This year’s picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 825.

The Return of the Jedi The Fellowship of the RingThrough online nominations, he received significant public support.

“It is a great honor to have ‘The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring’ selected this year by the National Film Registry,” said Peter Jackson’s filmmaking team, which includes Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. “We are proud to be part of an archive that celebrates and preserves the art of visual storytelling, for generations to come.”

Two animated features made registry including Pixar’s Oscar-winning film from 2008 WALL-E and Disney’s Flower and tree arrangementsPublished in 1932.

There are several films available that focus on racially motivated violence. Fred Hampton’s Murder, Vincent Chin Was Killed Requiem-29.

A few other memorable titles were chosen by the library, such as Cooley High, Richard Pryor: Live Concert, Chicana, Long Goodbye, Watermelon Woman, Make Sense! A Train with Strangers

Other films are also on this list The Wobblies Pink Flamingos, Evergreen, Baby Jane’s Story: The Truth About It, Hellbound Train, Flying Ace Jubilo.


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