“Roger Rabbit,” “Lion King” Join National Film Registry

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress have announced the twenty-five works selected this year to be preserved by the Washington institution.

The list includes films such as Disney’s “The Lion King,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club,” Rob Reiner’s “The Princess Bride,” Ridley Scott’s “Thelma & Louise,” Robert Zemeckis’ “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore,” Elia Kazan’s “East of Eden,” John Boorman’s “Point Blank,” Buster Keaton’s “Steamboat Bill, Jr.,” William Wyler’s “Funny Girl,” Frank Capra’s “Lost Horizon,” and the 1916 adaptation of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.

Also making it are Robert Downey Sr.’s “Putney Swope,” Jennie Livingston’s “Paris Is Burning,” Edwin S. Porter’s “Life of an American Fireman,” D.W. Griffith’s “Musketeers of Pig Alley,” Richard Brooks’ “Blackboard Jungle,” Lewis Milestone’s “A Walk in the Sun,” the films of Solomon Sir Jones, the short film “The Beau Brummels,” Howard Hawks’ “Ball of Fire,” Kevin Rafferty’s “The Atomic Cafe” and the documentaries “Suzanne, Suzanne” and “The Decline of Western Civilization”.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, the Librarian of Congress each year names to the registry 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and at least ten years old.

Source: THR