December 27 2006

National Film Registery Additions For 2006

The National Film Preservation Board has announced this years inductees to the The National Film Registry.

1) Applause (1929)
2) The Big Trail (1930)
3) Blazing Saddles (1974)
4) The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-17)
5) Daughter of Shanghai (1937)
6) Drums of Winter (1988)
7) Early Abstractions #1-5,7,10 (1939-56)
8) Fargo (1996)
9) Flesh and the Devil (1927)
10) Groundhog Day (1993)
11) Halloween (1978)
12) In the Street (1948/52)
13) The Last Command (1928)
14) Notorious (1946)
15) Red Dust (1932)
16) Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971-72)
17) Rocky (1976)
18) Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)
19) Siege (1940)
20) St. Louis Blues (1929)
21) The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
22) Tess of the Storm Country (1914)
23) Think of Me First as a Person (1960-75)
24) A Time Out of War (1954)
25) Traffic in Souls (1913)

I think every year there are going to be some additions that I “don’t get”, and this year it has to be Groundhog Day. It’s a cute film, I own it on DVD, but is it something that really needs to be preserved for future generations? The criteria is supposed to be an important film either in the way of film or reflecting the times it was made in. All I can think of it that it has come to mean any story where time repeats itself. Who knows. Very odd.

The rest of the list I can pretty much agree with, especially Fargo, one of my all time favorite movies.

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  • I think that Groundhog Day isn’t worth preserving for the story but rather for the fim-making feat of repeating the same content again and again in the movie and keeping it interesting and funny. That’s no small feat.

  • hmm Good point, but I’m still not 100% sold on it’s inclusion. This year’s inductees the total number of films in the registery to 450, and I’m just having a hard time believing that there aren’t some older films that are more deserving.

  • Roy

    While Groundhog day may be thought of as just another comedy it is laced with taoist and eastern philosophy, and also the more current “present moment awareness” movement is spiritual circles, that I thought was very clever. It was one of the first DVDs I ever bought and I believe will be one of those films, like “The Matrix” that people refer to in future generations. Kind of like how “Winnie the Pooh” has been analyzed and repackages as the “Tao of Pooh”

  • Roy – You give the US government FAR too much credit to think that deeply *laugh*

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