The Library Of Congress' National Film Registry has recently announced the 25 American made films that will be added this year to it's film preservation archives. Here's this years list.
01) Baby Face (1933) 02) The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975) 03) The Cameraman (1928) 04) Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940) 05) Cool Hand Luke (1967) 06) Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) 07) The French Connection (1971) 08) Giant (1956) 09) H2O (1929) 10) Hands Up (1926) 11) Hoop Dreams (1994) 12) House of Usher (1960) 13) Imitation of Life (1934) 14) Jeffries-Johnson World's Championship Boxing Contest (1910) 15) Making of an American (1920) 16) Miracle on 34th Street (1947) 17) Mom and Dad (1944) 18) The Music Man (1962) 19) Power of the Press (1928) 20) A Raisin in the Sun (1961) 21) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 22) San Francisco Earthquake and Fire April 18, 1906 (1906) 23) The Sting (1973) 24) A Time for Burning (1966) 25) Toy Story (1995)
Interesting selections, as usual. TOY STORY marks the most recently made film to be inducted, which is from 'way back' in 1995. Other films of note include HOUSE OF USHER which is the first Roger Corman film to be added, THE CAMERAMAN which was Buster Keaton's last comedy, MOM AND DAD which is the most successful exploitation film of all time, and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW in which... well, honestly, I can't for the life of me figure HOW this film is 'important'. This one, I guess, made the list because the registry is publicly voted on and there are quite a few ROCKY HORROR fans in this country.
If you are curious, here is a link to the complete list (loc.gov) of films that have been honored since they started doing this in 1989.
Originally posted by Cerebus15) Making of an American (1920)
The movie was shot by the Worcester Film Corp. for the state of Connecticut Department of Americanization. The opening titles, in English, Italian and Hungarian, state: "An appeal to all foreigners to learn English."
Cue to "Peter," newly arrived in the United States from Italy, but unable to read, write or speak English. This confines him to menial jobs and almost gets him killed when he can't read a "Danger" sign at an elevator. But then Peter enrolls for English language courses at night school. Slowly but surely he learns phrases such as "open the door," and begins to master the telephone. With his mastery of English he gets a good factory job and a sweet-looking girlfriend (soon to become his wife). Success continues. He is made a foreman at work, and is recognized as a civic leader. Peter's appearance also gradually changes, as his hair and moustache take on an increasingly American look. When a new Italian immigrant applies for a job at Peter's factory but can't speak English, Peter advises him to go to night school, just like he did.
The film was shown to more than 112,500 people in Connecticut in 1920, and then copies were sold to other states.
"The Making of an American" is on a DVD that also includes Charlie Chaplin's "The Immigrant" and a 1912 educational film titled "Making of an American Citizen." The DVD costs $15. For more information, visit the Northeast Historic Film Web site at www.oldfilm.org, e-mail OLDFILM@aol.com, or call (207) 469-0924.
This is the point in our program where I have to nitpick that the line is actually, "No, I am your father." But anyway. I thought something from Casablanca would be #1, but the Gone with the Wind line was a better choice.