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December 31 2009

National Film Registery Additions For 2009

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.

  1. This year’s list includes:
  2. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  3. The Exiles (1961)
  4. Heroes All (1920)
  5. Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
  6. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  7. Jezebel (1938)
  8. The Jungle (1967)
  9. The Lead Shoes (1949)
  10. Little Nemo (1911)
  11. Mabel’s Blunder (1914)
  12. The Mark of Zorro (1940)
  13. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
  14. The Muppet Movie (1979)
  15. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  16. Pillow Talk (1959)
  17. Precious Images (1986)
  18. Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
  19. The Red Book (1994)
  20. The Revenge of Pancho Villa (1930-36)
  21. Scratch and Crow (1995)
  22. Stark Love (1927)
  23. The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
  24. A Study in Reds (1932)
  25. Thriller (1983)
  26. Under Western Stars (1938)

As with each year there are a lot of early movies on here I have never heard of, but the real stand outs this year are The Muppet Movie and Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video.  I actually totally support Thriller as it forever changed the music video medium, but, The Muppet Movie?  Each year there is one film that I can not for the life of me figure out how it fits in with the charter for the National Film Preservation Board which says eligible films have to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” to be included in the registry.  I love The Muppet Movie, but … really?  It fits this criteria?  Um … okay?

Any movies on the list that confuse you?

You can also check out the additions for 2006, 2007 and 2008.



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