The Library of Congress has announced the 25 films set to join the National Film Registry for this year with notable titles including James Cameron’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13,” Henry Selick’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and Chris Columbus’ “Home Alone”.

The earliest title is the 1921 educational film “A Movie Trip Through Filmland,” the most recent is both Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and the backup singer documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” – both released in 2013. Selected films must be more than a decade old.

Other notable titles include the animated classic “Lady and the Tramp,” Spike Lee’s comedy “Bamboozled,” Alan Parker’s “Fame,” Susan Seidelman’s “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Ang Lee’s “The Wedding Banquet,” and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Love and Basketball”.

The National Film Registry began recommending movies for preservation in 1989 and now numbers 875 titles. Films have to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films” and must “showcase the range and diversity of American film heritage”.

The result is a mix of not just features but experimental films, short films, music videos, indie films, animation, documentaries and more. Last year saw the likes of “The Little Mermaid,” “Iron Man,” “Carrie,” “Hairspray” and “When Harry Met Sally” inducted.

On Thursday, Turner Classic Movies will host a television special, screening a selection of this year’s films with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and TCM host and film historian Jacqueline Stewart.

Source: NFR

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