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25 Films for National Film Registry

Published December 29, 2005 in Movie News
By Kasey Schiedeck | Image from HBO
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The librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, named 25 new inductees into the National Film Registry on Tuesday, films that reflect edifying significance. Among the more popular titles accepted were Disney’s 1995 CGI triumph “Toy Story,” the 1982 Sean Peen stoner comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” and Paul Newman’s 1967 prison drama “Cool Hand Luke.”

Library of Congress' National Film Registry

Although a seemingly bizarre choice, Billington defended “Ridgemont” saying, "There were tons of pretty good '80s teen films with 'Risky Business,' 'Sixteen Candles' and the like, but this one was kind of the first. It also introduced us to Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli."

An odd but undoubtedly gratifying choice, the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” which marked one of the first campy films in 1975 as an ode to horror films and sexual freedom was also approved. According to National Film Preservation Board staff coordinator Steve Leggett "it changed the whole movie experience as the audience became part of the show for good or bad.”

Also honored as part of the registry is the 1994 docudrama “Hoop Dreams” which followed two young African American teenagers from elementary school to college trailing their dreams of playing professional basketball.

"The films we choose are not necessarily the 'best' American films ever made or the most famous, but they are films that continue to have cultural, historical or aesthetic significance," Billington said. The 25 films named each year are selected from a list of more than 1,000 titles nominated by the public. The registry was created in 1989 and aims to preserve culturally or artistically important films at the Library of Congress or similar locations although many studio films are kept archived within the studio home base.

A complete list of the National Film Registry’s catalog for 2005:

1) "Baby Face" (1933)
2) "The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man" (1975)
3) "The Cameraman" (1928)
4) Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, S.C., May 1940 (1940)
5) "Cool Hand Luke" (1967)
6) "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982)
7) "The French Connection" (1971)
8) "Giant" (1956)
9) "H2O" (1929)
10) "Hands Up" (1926)
11) "Hoop Dreams" (1994)
12) "House of Usher" (1960)
13) "Imitation of Life" (1934)
14) Jeffries-Johnson world championship fight (1910)
15) "Making of an American" (1920)
16) "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)
17) "Mom and Dad" (1944)
18) "The Music Man" (1962)
19) "Power of the Press" (1928)
20) "A Raisin in the Sun" (1961)
21) "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975)
22) San Francisco earthquake and fire, April 18, 1906 (1906)
23) "The Sting" (1973)
24) "A Time for Burning" (1966)
25) "Toy Story" (1995)

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