National Film Registry’s 2017 Films Revealed

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The twenty-five films chosen have been selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance and span the range from 1905 to 2000.

Richard Donner scored two films in the list – 1978’s “Superman” and 1985’s “The Goonies”. Other well known films recognised include John McTiernan’s “Die Hard,” Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus,” James Cameron’s “Titanic,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” Phil Alden Robinson’s “Field of Dreams,” Stanley Kramer’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Howard Hawks’ “Only Angels Have Wings,” Elia Kazan’s “Gentleman’s Agreement,” Luis Valdez’s “La Bamba,” and Disney animated classic “Dumbo”.

Less recognisable films being recognised include the Kirk Douglas-led “Ace in the Hole,” Mort Jordan’s 1976 film “Time and Dreams,” Charlotte Zwerin’s doco “Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” from 1988, Yvonne Rainer’s “Lives of Performers,” the Lon Chaney-led creepy clown tale “He Who Gets Slapped,” Charles Burnett’s 1990 film “To Sleep with Anger,” the civil rights doco “4 Little Girls,” Barbara Loden’s 1971 film “Wanda,” Michael Pressman’s “Boulevard Nights,” and the 1937 advocacy doco “With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain” along with Winsor McCay’s 1918 short “The Sinking of the Lusitania,” the “Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection” from the 1920s & 1930s, and the 1905 NYC subway film “Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street”.

The public can tune into Turner Classic Movies from tonight to view a selection of films named to the registry this year.