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2019 National Film Registry announcement - 25 new movies added

The Library of Congress has unveiled its annual selection of 25 films added to the National Film Registry, with an unprecedented seven titles directed by women, the most in a single year since the inaugural registry in 1989.More recent titles include Martin Scorsese’s The Band documentary The Last Waltz; Sissy Spacek-starrer Coal Miner’s Daughter; Milos Forman’s Amadeus; Prince musical Purple Rain; Kevin Smith’s debut film Clerks (which received this year’s most public votes); Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It; and Oliver Stone’s Platoon.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the annual selection which is chosen based on cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage and guarantees the film will be preserved under the National Film Preservation Act. The films must be at least 10 years old.

“The National Film Registry has become an important record of American history, culture and creativity,” said Hayden. “Unlike many other honors, the registry is not restricted to a time, place or genre. It encompasses 130 years of the full American cinematic experience — a virtual Olympiad of motion pictures. With the support of Congress, the studios and other archives, we are ensuring that the nation’s cinematic history will be around for generations to come.”

The 2019 selection brings the number of films in the registry to 775 and spans a century of filmmaking, from 1903 to 2003. The oldest film in this year’s class, is Alfred C Abadie’s short Emigrants Landing At Ellis Island, which was recorded for the Thomas A Edison company. The most recent is Errol Morris’ Robert McNamara documentary, Fog Of War.

Scorsese, who sits on the National Film Preservation Board, also commented today, “The National Film Registry is an essential American enterprise that officially recognizes the rich depth and variety, the eloquence and the real greatness of American cinema and the filmmakers who have created it, film by film.”

Coal Miner’s Daughter helmer Michael Apted added, “It means the world to me that the world will know that Coal Miner’s Daughter has been acknowledged as an important and lasting film. For a young British director to be given the reins to capture what was truly a deep American subject was beyond rewarding.”

Albert Magnoli, why directed Purple Rain, also noted, “All of us strived to create a film that would capture the attention of what we believed at the time was a small audience. None of us expected this longevity. We simply worked hard every day to get it right, and this honor is a testament to the music, story and characters that were created by all of us so many years ago.”

Jacqueline Stewart, chair of the National Film Preservation Board’s task force on diversity, equity and inclusion, commented, “With this year’s National Film Registry selections, Dr Hayden recognizes the importance of amplifying cinematic voices and stories that have been marginalized for far too long. I look forward to continuing research and dialogue with the Librarian, board members, film communities and the American public to ensure that the registry reflects the full spectrum of our society.”

Here’s the full list (in alphabetical order) of this year’s crop of 25:

Amadeus (1984)
Becky Sharp (1935)
Before Stonewall (1984)
Body And Soul (1925)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Clerks (1994)
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Emigrants Landing At Ellis Island (1903)
Employees Entrance (1933)
Fog Of War (2003)
Gaslight (1944)
George Washington Carver At Tuskegee Institute (1937)
Girlfriends (1978)
I Am Somebody (1970)
The Last Waltz (1978)
My Name Is Oona (1969)
A New Leaf (1971)
Old Yeller (1957)
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Platoon (1986)
Purple Rain (1984)
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Zoot Suit (1981)
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About time for freakin' BECKY SHARP (1935) - it was the very first feature-length film in 3-strip Technicolor (color as we know it) and was available for decades only in a grainy 16mm two-color print before it was restored some 20 years ago.




What it used to look like, pre-restoration:



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Re: 2019 National Film Registry announcement - 25 new movies added

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the annual selection which is chosen based on cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage and guarantees the film will be preserved under the National Film Preservation Act.*
*Except for Star Wars
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The article takes its time to say,

The Library of Congress has unveiled its annual selection of 25 films added to the National Film Registry, with an unprecedented seven titles directed by women, the most in a single year since the inaugural registry in 1989.
And then doesn’t highlight one single film directed by a woman. Which of the 25 are the 7 directed by women?
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Which of the 25 are the 7 directed by women?
Just by looking at the titles, 3 are obvious and you should know A New Leaf was directed by Elaine May.
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Just by looking at the titles, 3 are obvious and you should know A New Leaf was directed by Elaine May.
Hmmm... then it would be obvious that Boy's Don't Cry was directed by a man.... but it wasn't.
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Hmmm... then it would be obvious that Boy's Don't Cry was directed by a man.... but it wasn't.
Actually sounds like it would be directed by a woman, to me. Or my feminine side.
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I saw Boys Don’t Cry opening night in Hollywood and the director dropped into the screening. It was a very emotional screening for a great deal of the audience.
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I've seen five of the movies on that list.
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I’ve seen 10. Frankly it’s not a very good list. As noted, they’ve already recognized over 700 films. Nearly 800. Their getting out into the weeds.

I’m glad the docs and shorts and home movies get recognized.
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*Except for Star Wars
Such a shame.. which version did they end up with? The Special Edition?
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I’d have to re-research it but I think the store goes that the library of Congress named it to the list very early on. Like 1991. But they were never given an archival print. In 1997 they were sent a print of the special edition. Which I think they refused. I don’t remember. I’ll have to look it up.
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I've seen five of the movies on that list.
I've seen FOUR.
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Eight
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I've seen FOUR.
Really? I've seen Amadeus, Boys Don't Cry, Clerks, Gaslight, and Disney's Sleeping Beauty. I've never seen some popular movies on that list.
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Really? I've seen Amadeus, Boys Don't Cry, Clerks, Gaslight, and Disney's Sleeping Beauty. I've never seen some popular movies on that list.
Clerks, Coal Miner's Daughter, Platoon and Purple Rain. That's it. I SUPPOSE my parents could have subjected me to Sleeping Beauty when I was very young, but I have no memory of ever seeing it.
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I've seen 13
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Fourteen here, and yet the only ones I own are Sleeping Beauty and Becky Sharp, the latter mainly because I wanted to see the restoration put out by Kino, so that could end up getting flipped. Lots of worthy films, but just not many I needed to own after seeing them once. Technically I have a 15th film as well, Employees Entrance in one of the Warner Forbidden Hollywood sets, but likely won't see that for a long time yet.
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I've seen 4 (Amadeus, Clerks, Platoon and Sleeping Beauty) but I'm not a big fan of older movies. Seems like these lists always piss someone off though.
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Coincidentally, for Black Friday, I bought a “Great Cinema Classics” Set From Dollar Tree Which has Becky Sharp on it. Looks like I’ll give that a look this weekend.
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Coincidentally, for Black Friday, I bought a “Great Cinema Classics” Set From Dollar Tree Which has Becky Sharp on it. Looks like I’ll give that a look this weekend.
I'm guessing that will be a public domain version and not the restored Technicolor print.
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Following up about Star Wars

But fans aren’t the only ones who want Lucas to release the original. Curators at the National Film Registry picked the 1977 version of Star Wars to preserve for history’s sake, but they still don’t have a copy in the registry. When they asked for a copy, Lucas refused, saying that he would no longer authorize the release of the original version. The Library of Congress doeshave a 35mm print of Star Wars, one that was filed in 1978 as part of the movie’s copyright deposit, but the registry, where films are meant to be preserved for history, is still without one.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...rticle/379184/
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I'm guessing that will be a public domain version and not the restored Technicolor print.
Very likely. But I first saw Ben-Hur on a fullscreen VHS tape and the film's power was still able to translate through to me. I always keep that in mind whenever I watch something that I know will be low quality.

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