March 18, 2010
Every year since 1989, the Library of Congress-sponsored National Film Registry has selected significant American films as worthy of preservation. Many of these films are well-known features such as "Casablanca," but the registry also selects excellent but little-known shorts. Now Filmforum has come up with the smart idea of showcasing eight of these films, ranging in time from Winsor McCay's 1911 "Little Nemo" to Chuck Workman's 1986 "Precious Images." Workman will attend, as will Janie Geiser, director of "The Red Book."
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May 13, 2009 |
Sidney N. Laverents, an award-winning amateur filmmaker whose technically impressive and infectiously humorous 1970 musical short film "Multiple SIDosis" earned a spot in the National Film Registry, has died. He was 100. Laverents, a Depression-era vaudevillian who performed as a one-man band and later became an aircraft engineer, died of age-related causes May 6 in a Chula Vista hospital, said his wife, Charlotte.
January 2, 2009
Well, thank goodness. "The Terminator" has been selected for the National Film Registry and will be preserved forever. Keep your Oscars and your Golden Globes; the film that introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger in his signature role will be safe in climate-controlled Library of Congress vaults long after "Shakespeare in Love" and "Mrs. Miniver" are dust. But what's the point of storing the first flick in the series for posterity while allowing the sequels to rot?
December 31, 2008 |
One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most famous one-liners will be back for generations to come, now that 1984's "The Terminator" has been selected for preservation in the nation's film archive. The low-budget film directed by James Cameron set a new standard for science-fiction and made Schwarzenegger, now California's governor, a star. The Library of Congress announced Tuesday that it's one of 25 films being added to the National Film Registry.
April 6, 2007 |
"Killer of Sheep" is a wonder any number of ways, from how it was originally made to its reappearance now in handsomely restored form to its getting its first-ever theatrical release (at the Nuart in West Los Angeles) a full 30 years after it was completed. But the greatest wonder of all is that this 1977 film, made for $10,000 by filmmaker Charles Burnett while he was still at UCLA's film school and shot on weekends in Watts with a mostly amateur cast, still has the power to move us.
December 28, 2005 |
The documentary "Hoop Dreams" and footage of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are among the 25 movies picked this year for the National Film Registry, a compilation of significant films being preserved by the Library of Congress. Fictional films chosen by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington range from the Buster Keaton comedy "The Cameraman" to the Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street" to the 1982 teen comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."