The Force is strong: 'Empire' tapped for registry

By Ben Nuckols

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Jan. 1 2011 5:00 p.m. MST

Documentaries picked this year include John Huston's "Let There Be Light" (1946), which the Pentagon banned from public distribution for 35 years because of its frank depiction of psychological trauma among combat veterans.

While Billington enjoys the popular films selected for the registry, he takes more satisfaction in unearthing lesser-known titles with lasting significance. He pushes the board to find examples from underrepresented categories such as industrial and abstract films.

"The most interesting thing for me is not seeing something I like make the list, but getting educated by the list that comes out of this process," he said.

New films to be preserved

A list of the 25 films being added to the National Film Registry, as announced by the Library of Congress:

"Airplane!" (1980)

"All the President's Men" (1976)

"The Bargain" (1914)

"Cry of Jazz" (1959)

"Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" (1967)

"The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)

"The Exorcist (1973)

"The Front Page" (1931)

"Grey Gardens" (1976)

"I Am Joaquin" (1969)

"It's a Gift" (1934)

"Let There Be Light" (1946)

"Lonesome" (1928)

"Make Way For Tomorrow" (1937)

"Malcolm X" (1992)

"McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971)

"Newark Athlete" (1891)

"Our Lady of the Sphere" (1969)

"The Pink Panther" (1964)

"Preservation of the Sign Language" (1913)

"Saturday Night Fever" (1977)

"Study of a River" (1966)

"Tarantella" (1940)

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945)

"A Trip Down Market Street" (1906)

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