‘Return of Jedi’, ‘Selena’ Added to National Film Registry

LOS ANGELES – This year’s National Film Registry inductees include epic Star Wars and Lord of the Ring films, projects starring Jennifer Lopez and the late Cicely Tyson as well as films that have addressed racially motivated violence against people of color.

The Library of Congress announced on Tuesday that films such as “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” are among the 25 films selected for conservation this year. Lopez’s starring role in the 1997 biopic “Selena” and Tyson’s 1972 “Sounder” also made it onto the record.

The National Library said this year’s selections date back nearly 120 years. The oldest was the “Ringling Brothers Parade Film” in 1902.

“Films help reflect our cultural history and our creativity – and show us new ways of seeing ourselves – even if films have not always been deemed worthy of preservation,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, in a press release. “The National Film Registry will preserve our film heritage, and we are proud to add 25 more films this year.”

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Hayden and film historian Jacqueline Stewart will discuss the new selections in a television special on Turner Classic Movies Friday at 8 p.m. EST.

The library has selected films for preservation because of their cultural, historical and artistic significance since the register began in 1988. This year’s selections bring the total number of films in the register to 825.

“Return of the Jedi” and “The Fellowship of the Ring” have garnered significant public support through online nominations.

“It is a great honor that ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ is selected by the National Film Registry this year,” said Peter Jackson’s film crew, which includes Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. . “We are proud to be part of an archive that celebrates and preserves the art of visual storytelling, for generations to come.”

Two animated feature films have been recorded, including Pixar’s 2008 Oscar-winning film “WALL-E” and Disney’s 1932 “Flowers and Trees.”

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Several films on the list that deal with racially motivated violence include “The Murder of Fred Hampton”, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” and “Requiem-29”.

The library picked out a few more memorable tracks such as “Cooley High,” “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert,” “Chicana,” “The Long Goodbye,” “The Watermelon Woman,” “Stop Making Sense,” and “Strangers on a Form.”

Additional films on the list include “The Wobblies”, “Pink Flamingos”, “Evergreen”, “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”, “Hellbound Train”, “The Flying Ace” and “Jubilo”.

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