‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘The Shining’ Selected for Library of Congress

This year, the Library of Congress has chosen to preserve 25 more films as historically significant. The National Film Registry began back in 1989, supporting American films that have cultural and historical significance. Their significance may come from their impact on popular culture, filmmaking technique or many other facts. The 25 films chosen this year come from a diverse set of genres, but all hold a place in the canon of Western filmmaking. The most recent release of this year’s selections is “Brokeback Mountain,” a towering achievement of LGBT filmmaking from Ang LeeSteven Spielberg‘s blockbuster “Jurassic Park” earns it’s inclusion as it concludes it’s the 25th anniversary. Female director Kasi Lemmons made the list with “Eve’s Bayou.” Read the full list of films below!

Films Selected for the 2018 National Film Registry

1. “Bad Day at Black Rock” (1955)
2. “Broadcast News” (1987)
3. “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
4. “Cinderella” (1950)
5. “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962)
6. “Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency” (1908)
7. “Eve’s Bayou” (1997)
8. “The Girl Without a Soul” (1917)
9. “Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People” (1984)
10. “Hearts and Minds” (1974)
11. “Hud (1963)
12. “The Informer” (1935)
13. “Jurassic Park” (1993)
14. “The Lady From Shanghai” (1947)
15. “Leave Her to Heaven” (1945)
16. “Monterey Pop” (1968)
17. “My Fair Lady” (1964)
18. “The Navigator” (1924)
19. “On the Town” (1949)
20. “One-Eyed Jacks” (1961)
21. “Pickup on South Street” (1953)
22. “Rebecca” (1940)
23. “The Shining” (1980)
24. “Smoke Signals” (1998)
25. “Something Good – Negro Kiss” (1898)

A few other films stand out among the pack. “Smoke Signals” from director Chris Eyre was a huge independent hit in 1998. It also told a very personal story of a native-american group of friends, and this seems like the kind of film the National Film Registry should be saving. “Rebecca” from Alfred Hitchcock brings the master’s only Best Picture winner into the Library of Congress. The oldest film on the list, “Something Good – Negro Kiss” is only a 29-second film, but is one of the oldest representations of people of color on celluloid. Showing an act of intimacy was extreme at the time, especially given the racist caricatures present throughout art at the time. Immortalizing vaudeville stars like Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown can only be a good thing.

What do you think of the National Film Registry selecting these films for preservation? Which of the films on the list is your favorite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

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