Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Advance and be recognized

Courtesy of “Uncle” Samuel Wilson at Mondo 70: A Wide World of Cinema, the Library of Congress has announced the twenty-five films that were named to the National Film Registry in 2008:

1. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
2. Deliverance (1972)
3. Disneyland Dream (1956)
4. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
5. Flower Drum Song (1961)
6. Foolish Wives (1922)
7. Free Radicals (1979)
8. Hallelujah (1929)
9. In Cold Blood (1967)
10. The Invisible Man (1933)
11. Johnny Guitar (1954)
12. The Killers (1946)
13. The March (1964)
14. No Lies (1973)
15. On the Bowery (1957)
16. One Week (1920)
17. The Pawnbroker (1965)
18. The Perils of Pauline (1914)
19. Sergeant York (1941)
20. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
21. So’s Your Old Man (1926)
22. George Stevens WW2 Footage (1943-46)
23. The Terminator (1984)
24. Water and Power (1989)
25. White Fawn’s Devotion (1910)

All-in-all, not a bad list…though there are one or two movies on this list that give me pause (and not the one that refreshes…). I agree with Sam about Hallelujah in that it should have been appointed to the Registry a long time ago, and it’s refreshing to see several films that I have been championing for years (namely Crowd, Blood, Guitar and Pawnbroker) make the cut. (Kudos to Asphalt and Killers, too.) But what cheers me most is seeing many of the great movie comedians make the list—Buster Keaton for One Week (another film that should have gotten the tap years ago), W.C. Fields for So’s Your Old Man and Arnold Schwarzenegger for…wait a sec…I think that was a misnomer.

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