Thursday, December 27, 2007

National Film Registry taps 25

The good news: John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place, Irving Rapper's Now Voyager, Peter Yates' Bullitt, Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men, Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future, Edmund Goulding's Grand Hotel and Jules Dassin's Naked City are among the 25 new titles added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

The bad news: "Even as Americans fill the movie theaters to see the latest releases, few are aware that up to half the films produced in this country before 1950 — and as much as 90 percent of those made before 1920 — are lost forever," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in announcing the selections.

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