Library Adds 25 Titles to Registry

Posted January 8, 2003 at 4:56pm

Librarian of Congress James Billington last month announced his selection of 25 films for the National Film Registry.

The registry, which includes culturally, historically or aesthetically significant movies, is now comprised of 350 films.

Titles are nominated by the public, then reviewed by the Librarian along with his advisory board on registry film selection and national film preservation policy, as well as the Library’s Motion Picture Division staff.

“The selection of a film, I stress, is not an endorsement of its ideology or content, but rather a recognition of the film’s importance to American film and cultural history and to history in general,” Billington said in a statement.

The newest additions to the list include both popular and lesser-known films, released between 1901 and 1991.

This year’s inductees include “Alien” (1979), “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Boyz N the Hood” (1991), “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984), “The Black Stallion” (1979), “From Here to Eternity” (1953), “The Bad and the Beautiful” (1952) and “From Stump to Ship,” a 1930 movie about logging.

— Jennifer Yachnin