National Film Registry Adds Return of the Jedi, WALL-E, etc

Annual, Library of Congress National Film Preservation Division select 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old for preservation in the National Film Registry under the National Film Preservation Act. This year, the collection grows to 825 movies, with a wide selection of movies from different subscriptions, from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and Pixar’s WALL E to classic horror A Nightmare on Elm Street to a stand-up comedy Richard Pryor: Live in concert.

While the National Board of Film Preservation is responsible for selecting the annual additions, often public support through online nominations will receive a film. This year, two of the films honored to participate were supported by the public, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and Lord of the Rings: Friendship of the Ring. The inclusion of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi making it the third in the franchise to join the following register Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, who were introduced in 1989 and 2010, respectively.

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In a joint statement from Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, the filmmakers behind Lord of the Rings: Friendship of the Ring, has this to say about the movie participating in the subscription:

“In 1951, Professor Tolkien expressed his wish that ‘… different minds and hands, using paint, music and drama …” might one day come to the middle-earth world. And they did – actors and artists, composers and musicians, linguists and digital magicians – countless talents came together to transform his vast works of imagination. come true on screen, it’s an honor to have ‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ selected this year by the National Film Registry. We are proud to be part of an archive that honors and preserves the art of visual storytelling for generations to come. ”

With this year’s films, the organization hopes to highlight diverse stories with universal themes. To do this, they put in movies like 1997 Selena, a musical biopic about singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and her life growing up in a Mexican-American family in Texas, 1975 Cooley High, a coming-of-age comedy about a group of black friends in Chicago and the 1987s Who killed Vincent Chin?, a documentary about the murder of a Chinese-American in Detroit.


The National Film Conservation Council also chose to include three rare silent films. The oldest one is 1902 Film about the Ringling brothers parade, a recently restored three-minute recording of the Ringling Brothers circus parade in Indianapolis. According to the Library, the significance of this film comes from the fact that it offers a rare glimpse into a prosperous black community in the north in the early 20th century. Two other silent films were chosen for good reason. similar to the 1926 movie Flying ace and the 1930s Hellbound Train both featured black Americans without the decadent stereotypes commonly seen in movies at the time.

Here is the complete list of 25 movies:

Films selected for the National Film Registry in 2021:

1. The Ringling Brothers’ Parade (1902)

2. Jubilo (1919)

3. The Flying Ace (1926)

4. Hellbound Train (1930)

5. Flowers and Plants (1932)

6. Strangers on a Train (1951)

7. What Happened To Baby Jane? (In 1962)

8. Evergreen (1965)

9. Requiem-29 (1970)

10. Fred Hampton’s Murder (1971)

11. Pink Flamingos (1972)

12. Sounder (1972)

13. The Long Goodbye (1973)

14. Cooley High (1975)

15. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)

16. Chicana (1979)

17. The Wobblies (1979)

18. Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

19. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

20. Stop Making Feelings (1984)

21. Who killed Vincent Chin? (1987)

22. The Watermelon Woman (1996)

23. Selena (1997)

24. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

25. WALL-E (2008)

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