December 30 2008

National Film Registery Additions For 2008

The National Film Preservation Board has made their annual announcement of which films are being added to The National Film Registry.

For those unfamiliar with the project, each year up to 25 films are selected for preservation in the Library of Congress.  Each film must be at least 10-years-old, they do not have to be feature length, and they do not have to have received a theatrical release.

This year’s list includes:

1) The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
2) Deliverance (1972)
3) Disneyland Dream (1956)
4) A Face in the Crowd (1957)
5) Flower Drum Song (1961)
6) Foolish Wives (1922)
7) Free Radicals (1979)
8) Hallelujah (1929)
9) In Cold Blood (1967)
10) The Invisible Man (1933)
11) Johnny Guitar (1954)
12) The Killers (1946)
13) The March (1964)
14) No Lies (1973)
15) On the Bowery (1957)
16) One Week (1920)
17) The Pawnbroker (1965)
18) The Perils of Pauline (1914)
19) Sergeant York (1941)
20) The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
21) So’s Your Old Man (1926)
22) George Stevens WW2 Footage (1943-46)
23) The Terminator (1984)
24) Water and Power (1989)
25) White Fawn’s Devotion (1910)

As usual there are several in here I have never heard of, and only one that immediately leaps out at me as a “What the…” and that is The Terminator.

While a film like Deliverence has had a left a lasting impression on our collective sub-conscience, what did The Terminator do beyond giving us the saying, “I’ll be back”?  While some of these are clearly added for reasons such as age, advancements in story telling and film making, I can’t for the life of me think of what this movie contributed to the world.  I could even see Terminator 2: Judgement Day for the T-1000 liquid effects before I could see the original being worthy.  The charter for the National Film Preservation Board defines eligible films as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films”… again, huh?

You can also check out the additions for 2006 and 2007.

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