Star Wars, Lords of the Rings added to film registry


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The US Library of Congress takes care of many things, including running the National Film Register, which “selects 25 films each year that demonstrate the reach and diversity of American film heritage” to “ensure the survival, preservation and greater public availability of American film heritage to raise awareness for its conservation.” Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of films selected since the registry began in 1989 have been classics and arthouse films, making this year’s selection quite unique as different genre shots have made the difference.

Return of the Jedi, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Wes Craven’s horror classic Nightmare in Elm Street, and Pixar’s Wall-E have been added to the must-keep list, alongside more prized fare such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, the 1997 biopic Selena, and John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. RotJ completes the full set of the original Star Wars trilogy for the National Film Registry, as A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back were selected in 1989 and 2010 respectively. Fellowship of the Ring is the first Lord of the Rings film to enter, but since Return of the King won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2004, it’s likely that it will at least make it to the mark in the end. Nightmare on Elm Street is the second slasher/horror film to hit the register after John Carpenter’s (albeit much better) genre-defining Halloween from 1979. Wall-E is also the second Pixar film to be added, following Toy Story in 2005.

Of the previous 100 movies that have been added to the National Film Registry since 2017, only six can be considered particularly nerdy (if you ignore 60+ year old classic Disney movies, which I am): Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and The Shining; The Dark Knight; Superman; Jurassic Park; and The Goonies. You can check the full list of movies here.


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