Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Empire Strikes Back added to National Film Registry
From iwatchstuff, Fear not that your children may never get the chance to see the beloved precursors to such modern terribles as The Phantom Menace, Scary Movie 3, and Steve Martin in The Pink Panther. The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, and The Pink Panther were among the films today added to the National Film Registry for preservation (in case all our Blurays, VHS tapes, and Netflix queues are ever destroyed by terrorists). In addition to those three films--all of which were clearly remembered for inclusion because of some recent deaths--the ambulance chasers over at the Library of Congress also notably selected McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Exorcist, All the President's Men, Malcolm X, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Grey Gardens, George Lucas's student short Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, and other films they deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant"--which, may I remind you, is a designation they just gave to a film with a running gag about the word "surely" being confused with the name "Shirley." Progress!
See full list here