Thursday, December 17, 2015

Does It Register?

The National Film Registry has announced the 25 significant works it will add to its collection in the Library Of Congress.  Here's the list, with some comment:

Being There (1979)
A worthy addition.  An unusual comedy with a slow pace, and one of Peter Seller's most fascinating performances.

Black and Tan (1929)
Just to see Duke Ellington in the 1920s makes this a keeper.

Dracula (Spanish language version) (1931)
Some prefer it to the English version.

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)
Significant as an early work of Edwin S. Porter (based on Winsor McCay's comic), featuring state of the art special effects.

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)
Never seen it but I'd like to.

Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
One of the most iconic works of the earliest days of film.  Surprised it's not already on the list.

A Fool There Was (1915)
 Haven't seen it, but it did introduce Theda Bara and the concept of the Vamp to the screen.

Ghostbusters (1984)
One of the biggest hit comedies of all time, and deserves classic status.

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
The Registry already has a number of other Preston Sturges films, so it's about time they added his best.

Humoresque (1920)
The 1920 Frank Borzage verison.  Never seen it.

Imitation of Life (1959)
Sirk fanatic's love it. I'm not a Sirk fanatic, but it does show his style going about as far as it can.

The Inner World of Aphasia (1968)
A medical training film I've never seen.

John Henry and the Inky-Poo (1946)
A well done and, for its time, progressive cartoon.

L.A. Confidential (1997)
I've never thought much of this film, but a lot of others sure do.

The Mark of Zorro (1920)
Douglas Fairbanks first swashbuckler, and probably his best.

The Old Mill (1937)
Disney's shorts in the 30s are little works of art, and this is one of his most beautiful.

Our Daily Bread (1934)
A political oddity during the Depression.  I wouldn't call it great, but significant?  Sure.

Portrait of Jason (1967)
Only recently rediscovered pioneering LGBT film.  Never seen it.

Seconds (1966)
A bizarre and confusing film from John Frankenheimer.  Certainly like nothing Rock Hudson had ever done, or would do again.  I wouldn't call it a classic, but it's got a deserved cult.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
It was only a matter of time before the most overrated film of all time made it into the Registry.

Sink or Swim (1990)
An avant-garde work I've never seen.

The Story of Menstruation (1946)
Disney could be informative and entertaining at the same time.

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
Not great, but an imaginative time capsule from the 60s.

Top Gun (1986)
Not my kind of film, but I guess it's achieved classic status.

Winchester ’73 (1950)
Not bad, though I'm not enamored of Anthony Mann/Jimmy Stewart Westerns.


Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

"The Story of Menstruation"? I don't think it's over yet.

(I certainly would have missed that on a multiple choice test, "Which of the following are Disney films?")

1:14 AM, December 17, 2015  
Blogger LAGuy said...

If you're interested, it's available in all its glory on YouTube. Takes ten minutes and will answer all your questions.

1:31 AM, December 17, 2015  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They never seem to include that one with their "princess" hits

5:50 AM, December 17, 2015  

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