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The National Film Registry Adds The Silence of the Lambs, War of the Worlds, Forrest Gump, and More

Movie by Joey Paur

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Hannibal Lector was locked away with Bambi? Well, they will be, and I imagine Bambi won't last very long. The National Film Registry has added 25 more films that will be preserved in the Library of Congress. To be included in the registry the film need to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” They have to be at least ten years old and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public. This year the list contained 2228 nominations, and here are 14 of the 25 films from that list that were chosen to be preserved.

Computer Animated Hand (1972, Ed Catmull)
A Cure for Pokeritis (1912, Laurence Trimble)
Allures (1961, Jordan Belson)
Bambi (1942, David Hand)
El Mariachi (1992, Robert Rodriguez)
Faces (1968, John Cassavetes)
Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)
The Iron Horse (1924, John Ford)
The Kid (1921, Charlie Chaplin)
The Lost Weekend (1945, Billy Wilder)
Norma Rae (Martin Ritt, 1979)
Porgy and Bess (1959, Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme)
War of the Worlds (1953, George Pal)

There's a lot of great films on this list I'm surprised by a couple of them that I figured would already be in the registry such as The Kid and War of the Worlds. I would think tht those would have been among the first to be added to the registry. It is also cool to see that Pixar’s Ed Catmull CGI hand work made it in there.

I image that the 11 other movies that will be added for preservation will be announced soon. What are your thoughts on the films that have been added so far?

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