With a typically eclectic mix, the Library of Congress’ selection of 25 pics to join the National Film Registry runs the gamut of obscure experimental and avant-garde works to mainstream hits including “The Pink Panther,” “The Exorcist,” “All the President’s Men,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Airplane!” and “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Other titles include the Maysles brothers’ far-reaching 1976 docu “Grey Gardens”; 1931 newspaper potboiler “The Front Page”; and John Huston’s 1946 war docu “Let There Be Light,” which the Pentagon banned for 35 years because it depicted combat veterans suffering from psychological traumas.
The selections were chosen from 2,112 titles nominated by the public and members of the National Film Preservation Board as well as Library of Congress staffers. The 2010 selections bring the number of pics selected by the Library of Congress for preservation to 550. The Registry was created in 1989 by the National Film Preservation Act to ensure the survival of works deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”