>National Film Registry adds Airplane, Exorcist, Empire

>The Library of Congress has added twenty-five movies deemed to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to the National Film Registry for preservation.

Since 1989 the National Film Registry has recognised a wide variety of films across a broad spectrum of genres and forms, from old black and white favourites such as Casablanca all the way to sci-fi classics like Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Including a personal favourite that pays homage to the late great Leslie Nielsen with Airplane! (released as Flying High in Australia) as well as John Travolta’s star vehicle Saturday Night Fever, horror genre classic The Exorcist, Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and Spike Lee’s epic biopic Malcolm X, these twenty-five titles are all worthy additions to the growing and significant list.

The twenty-five films selected by the National Film Registry are listed below, each further demonstrating the disparate and celebratory nature of the Library of Congress’ culturally, historically and aesthetically significant films.

Airplane! (1980)
All the President’s Men (1976)
The Bargain (1914)
Cry of Jazz (1959)
Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Front Page (1931)
Grey Gardens (1976)
I Am Joaquin (1969)
It’s a Gift (1934)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Lonesome (1928)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Malcolm X (1992)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Newark Athlete (1891)
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
The Pink Panther (1964)
Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Study of a River (1996)
Tarantella (1940)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

Discuss: Which little appreciated film would you love to see recognised by the National Film Registry?

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