January 1 2006

National Film Registery Additions For 2005

Not everyone knows that there is a division of the Library of Congress known as the National Film Preservation Board. Their job is to each ear add films to the national film registery that are important films for various reasons. They then keep these films in the best condition possible for future generations. You can see the complete list of 425 films can be seen here. This year, 25 films were added and they are:

1) Baby Face (1933)
2) The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975)
3) The Cameraman (1928)
4) Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940)
5) Cool Hand Luke (1967)
6) Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
7) The French Connection (1971)
8) Giant (1956)
9) H2O (1929)
10) Hands Up (1926)
11) Hoop Dreams (1994)
12) House of Usher (1960)
13) Imitation of Life (1934)
14) Jeffries-Johnson World’s Championship Boxing Contest (1910)
15) Making of an American (1920)
16) Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
17) Mom and Dad (1944)
18) The Music Man (1962)
19) Power of the Press (1928)
20) A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
21) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
22) San Francisco Earthquake and FireApril 18, 1906 (1906)
23) The Sting (1973)
24) A Time for Burning (1966)
25) Toy Story (1995)

A lof this list I agree with such as Baby Face, Miracle on 34th Street, but what in the world is Fast Times At Ridgemont High doing on there? Sure, I love The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but does it really belong in the national archives? Yes, it is a cult classic, but it is far from being a classic film. Frankly, it is a horrible movie, but…yeah…so not understanding how it got on there.

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