I’d wanted to comment on this. This year the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress added 25 films:
- AIRPLANE! (1980)
- ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)
- BARGAIN, THE (1914)
- CRY OF JAZZ (1959)
- ELECTRONIC LABYRINTH: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
- EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE (1980)
- EXORCIST, THE (1973)
- FRONT PAGE, THE (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)
- TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, A (1945)
- TRIP DOWN MARKET STREET, A (1906)
The one’s I’ve tagged in green are those on the list that I haven’t seen. I’m somewhat embarrassed to say that I’ve seen all of the rest. Some of them, e.g. Make Way For Tomorrow, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I found affecting in the extreme, shocking in the case of Let There Be Light. Make Way for Tomorrow would make a stone cry. Some of them, e.g. Grey Gardens, I’m glad to have seen (especially before seeing the feature film based on it) but I wouldn’t care to see again. Some of them, e.g. It’s a Gift, I could see over and over again.
The list does bring one thing to mind: how hard it is to make a really important feature film about truly important real events.
I’d be interested in the comments of anyone who’s seen any of the highlighted pictures. I suspect that the older ones are documentaries, probably very short. Actually, I’d be interested in comments on any of the pictures in the list.
I suspect that most of you haven’t seen The Bargain. What can I say? I love silents and I’m a William S. Hart fan.