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Re: National Film Registry

#76 Post by Self » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:43 pm

beamish13 wrote:Interesting that Roger Rabbit is the sole film representing the animation world this year. A solid, if somewhat unremarkable list, but I'm very happy to finally see Penelope Spheeris get recognized.
The Lion King is on the list too

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Re: National Film Registry

#77 Post by beamish13 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:03 pm

Self wrote:
beamish13 wrote:Interesting that Roger Rabbit is the sole film representing the animation world this year. A solid, if somewhat unremarkable list, but I'm very happy to finally see Penelope Spheeris get recognized.
The Lion King is on the list too
Just saw that I neglected that one! Still, two Disney features from the last 30 years doesn't exactly build confidence in their ability
to see American animators' contributions to world cinema. They could've even gone with Tim Burton's Vincent, which is one of
the best animated shorts Disney has ever distributed. There are so many independent animators like Sky David, Caroline Leaf
(who works in Canada, but is an American), Michael Sporn, Suzan Pitt, Ralph Bakshi, etc. whose works deserve to be part of this canon.

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Re: National Film Registry

#78 Post by jwd5275 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:00 pm

2017 National Film Registry additions

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)
Boulevard Nights (1979)
Die Hard (1988)
Dumbo (1941)
Field of Dreams (1989)
4 Little Girls (1997)
Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
The Goonies (1985)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
La Bamba (1987)
Lives of Performers (1972)
Memento (2000)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
Spartacus (1960)
Superman (1978)
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
Time and Dreams (1976)
Titanic (1997)
To Sleep with Anger (1990)
Wanda (1971)
With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)

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Re: National Film Registry

#79 Post by beamish13 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:11 pm

Thrilled to see To Sleep with Anger on it, as it's not just a brilliant film, but my father-in-law was one of the producers (and has never recovered a dime that he invested in it...). Burnett now has three films in the Registry, which is phenomenal.

The Goonies means a lot to many people of a certain generation, but I'm sure as hell not one of them. I think it's basically a collection of dumb catchphrases. The Chris Columbus-written Young Sherlock Holmes should've gotten in based on its motion picture-changing CG sequence, and Gremlins would've been a better choice, too.

There are a LOT of big studio films on this list, which I'm a bit conflicted about. Winsor McCay's Sinking of the Lusitania should've been added years ago.

They're definitely trying to be more conscious of films with Latinx cultural ties, given the inclusion of Boulevard Nights and La Bamba, but I probably would've gone with American Me, Zoot Suit, and Real Women Have Curves.

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Re: National Film Registry

#80 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:22 pm

beamish13 wrote:Thrilled to see To Sleep with Anger on it, as it's not just a brilliant film, but my father-in-law was one of the producers (and has never recovered a dime that he invested in it...). Burnett now has three films in the Registry, which is phenomenal.
Any chance he was at a (Thu.) April 7, 2011 screening of that film at MoMA? It was part of a retrospective on Burnett's work - Burnett was there to give an introduction, but some of the audience members sitting around me were clearly involved in the film as well. Going by my vague recollections of their remarks, they sounded like producers.

Kudos to your father-in-law, BTW, it's a film I cherish as well!

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#81 Post by kcota17 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:26 pm

Hoping next year more prominent, important LGBT films get inducted such as Desert Hearts, My Own Private Idaho and Brokeback Mountain.

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#82 Post by beamish13 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:18 pm

hearthesilence wrote:
beamish13 wrote:Thrilled to see To Sleep with Anger on it, as it's not just a brilliant film, but my father-in-law was one of the producers (and has never recovered a dime that he invested in it...). Burnett now has three films in the Registry, which is phenomenal.
Any chance he was at a (Thu.) April 7, 2011 screening of that film at MoMA? It was part of a retrospective on Burnett's work - Burnett was there to give an introduction, but some of the audience members sitting around me were clearly involved in the film as well. Going by my vague recollections of their remarks, they sounded like producers.

Kudos to your father-in-law, BTW, it's a film I cherish as well!

Thank you! Actually, he lives in Los Angeles, but we did see the new 35mm answer print that UCLA debuted at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater. Fellow producer Edward Pressman flew out from his home in Connecticut to see it, and the film's DP and casting director came, too.

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Re: National Film Registry

#83 Post by beamish13 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:21 pm

kcota17 wrote:Hoping next year more prominent, important LGBT films get inducted such as Desert Hearts, My Own Private Idaho and Brokeback Mountain.
Absolutely. I'd love to see more films that deal with disabilities, as well, such as perennial would-be inclusion Children of a Lesser God

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Re: National Film Registry

#84 Post by kcota17 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:36 pm

beamish13 wrote:
kcota17 wrote:Hoping next year more prominent, important LGBT films get inducted such as Desert Hearts, My Own Private Idaho and Brokeback Mountain.
Absolutely. I'd love to see more films that deal with disabilities, as well, such as perennial would-be inclusion Children of a Lesser God
Agreed.

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Re: National Film Registry

#85 Post by feckless boy » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:56 pm

jwd5275 wrote:2017 National Film Registry additions

Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
Didn't know that zedz had that kind of pull with the NFR - impressive!

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#86 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:45 pm

Is that Interior New York Subway film the one that is on the first Treasures From American Film Archives set? If so, it is well worth preserving!

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Re: National Film Registry

#87 Post by DeprongMori » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:49 pm

Anyone have any idea whether Time and Dreams (1976) is available anywhere for home viewing? I’m curious to have a look, given its current relevance, and haven’t had any luck locating it so far.

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Re: National Film Registry

#88 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:02 pm


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Re: National Film Registry

#89 Post by Feego » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:42 am

This year's inductees:

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Broadcast News (1987)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Cinderella (1950)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency (1908)
Eve's Bayou (1997)
The Girl Without a Soul (1917)
Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984)
Hearts and Minds (1974)
Hud (1963)
The Informer (1935)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Monterey Pop (1968)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Navigator (1924)
On the Town (1949)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Rebecca (1940)
The Shining (1980)
Smoke Signals (1998)
Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)

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Re: National Film Registry

#90 Post by Drucker » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:43 am

How was Rebecca not already on!?

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Re: National Film Registry

#91 Post by domino harvey » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:49 am

This is an unusually good list of titles, can this be the new AFI?

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#92 Post by BigMack3000 » Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:05 am

For films like The Shining, which version do they tend to preserve?

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Re: National Film Registry

#93 Post by Gregory » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:07 pm

This, from five years ago in the thread, is worth quoting.
Adam wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:30 pm
Ashirg wrote:What exactly does preservation mean for National Film Registry? Detour (1945) was named in 1992. Does it mean Library of Congress holds the best film elements for it?
It means nothing. Literally, nothing, in terms of any sort of direct material result. I know a couple of folks who have gotten films on the list. The LoC didn't ask for anything; it doesn't store elements unless you want to ship them there; no money came in to guarantee preservation, nothing. It can help with fundraising, and draws attention to some little known films. But it is mainly just a list of films.
For example, The Girl Without a Soul being included in the list apparently won't mean anything in terms of preservation. George Eastman House holds a print of it and its preservation status would presumably be the same whether it had made the list or not, and cinephiles still lack access to it (unlike if, say, the NFPF would be able to add it to their screening room).

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Re: National Film Registry

#94 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:44 pm

Dave Kehr posted about this on Glenn Kenny's blog some years back.
Dave Kehr wrote:The other misconception is that actual preservation work is involved. Alas, this is not true: although the Librarian is authorized to request archival copies of the films from their owners, there is no money or lab work involved. The honor, I’m afraid, is strictly honorary, though the board’s public-private relative, the National Film Preservation Foundation (http://www.filmpreservation.org) does distribute federal funds gathered by the Library of Congress and preservation services donated by public-spirited labs and post houses.

In any case, almost all of the films named to the list have already been preserved...If you’ll look at the list of films preserved annually through the NFPF (last year’s report can be downloaded at http://www.filmpreservation.org/userfil ... ar2010.pdf), you’ll find very little funding going toward sound narrative features, and quite a bit going to avant-garde films, regional documentaries, educational films, home movies and suchlike.

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Re: National Film Registry

#95 Post by Michael Kerpan » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:57 pm

> you’ll find very little funding going toward sound narrative features, and quite a bit going to avant-garde films,
> regional documentaries, educational films, home movies and suchlike

Prof. Groo should approve. ;-)

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Re: National Film Registry

#96 Post by Feego » Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:40 pm

TCM will be airing several of the inducted films tonight:

8:00 PM -- Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984)

8:30 PM -- My Fair Lady (1964)

11:30 PM -- The Informer (1935)

1:15 AM -- Monterey Pop (1969)

2:45 AM -- Hearts and Minds (1975)

4:45 AM -- The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

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Re: National Film Registry

#97 Post by whaleallright » Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:26 am

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:57 pm
> you’ll find very little funding going toward sound narrative features, and quite a bit going to avant-garde films,
> regional documentaries, educational films, home movies and suchlike

Prof. Groo should approve. ;-)
No, she'll only be "happy" once we remove the narrative features from circulation.

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