The Library of Congress announced this morning that 25 films had been selected to join the National Film Registry, ensuring their preservation for years to come. Ahead, a look at a few of the inductees.
The Muppet Movie, 1979: If you loved this movie when you were a kid, you really loved this movie when you were a kid. Even after years of living in New York City, whenever someone suggested taking a cab, my mind went straight to "We'll hitchhike, bus, or yellow cab it!" "Cab it?" What could have been a forgettable movie filled with Muppets instead became a very sweet story with songs that included lyrics like "Life is a movie, write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending..."
Thriller, 1983: Thriller is the first music video ever to be added to the National Film Registry. It was also probably the first music video to be added to your nightmares, and perhaps the first music video you ever learned the entire choreographed routine to, even though you were too scared to watch it close enough to learn most of the moves. No? Just me?
Mrs. Miniver, 1942: The always-wonderful Greer Garson and Teresa Wright won Oscars for their roles in this WW2 film, which also took home the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1942.
The Incredible Shrinking Man, 1957: A most likely absolutely unnecessary remake of this sci-fi classic, starring Eddie Murphy, is reportedly in development for 2010.
Pillow Talk, 1959: As Variety wrote in 1959: "Pillow Talk is a sleekly sophisticated production that deals chiefly with s-e-x. The principals seem to spend considerable time in bed or talking about what goes on bed, but the beds they occupy are always occupied singly. There's more talk than action natch."
Little Nemo, 1911: The films on the National Film Registry list are selected based on their important contributions to the world of film and American culture. As Brett Zongker of the Canadian Press notes, Winsor McCay's Little Nemo, "highly advanced for its time, influenced future animators, including Walt Disney." It is also marvelous and beautiful to watch.
Jezebel, 1938: Bette Davis won her second Academy Award for her role in the film, wherein she delivered such lines as "This is 1852 dumplin', 1852, not the Dark Ages. Girls don't have to simper around in white just because they're not married." An honorary Jezebel, indeed.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Muppets Movie Debut Among Picks For National Film Registry [Canadian Press]