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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

25 films have been added to the National Film Register, including a cult concert, stand-up comedy, and cult classics.

Twenty-five films have been selected for inclusion this year on the National Film Register, a list of films of the Library of Congress of significant cultural, historical or aesthetic importance.

The samples bring the number of films in the register to 825.

From oldest to newest, these are:

Ringling Brothers Parade Film (1902). 3-minute recording of the Indiana circus parade. It has been restored by the Niles Essanei Silent Film Museum in the Nils Fremont area.

Jubilee (1919). Will Rogers plays the good-natured and likeable tramp.

Flying Ace (1926). A heavenly romance featuring a character inspired by Bessie Coleman, the first African American pilot.

Hell train (1930). A surreal and mesmerizing allegorical film by the traveling evangelists James and Elois Gist, “until recently, an unattainable milestone in black cinema.”

Flowers and trees (1932). Disney’s early work Technicolor.

Strangers on the train (1951). Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel about a man who offers to “swap murders” with a new acquaintance, thus giving everyone an alibi.

What happened to Baby Jane? (1962). A dark horror comedy starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as aging sisters who live together – and hate each other – in a dilapidated mansion.

Evergreen (1965). A student short film by Ray Manzarek of The Doors who met Jim Morrison at the University of California Los Angeles Film School.

Requiem 29 (1970). The UCLA Ethnocommunications program begins with the East Los Angeles Moratorium Against the Chicano War and turns into a tribute to the slain symbol of the movement, Ruben Salazar.

The murder of Fred Hampton (1971). A documentary about the last year of the life of Fred Hampton, the charismatic 21-year-old leader of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party.

Pink flamingos (1972). John Waters’ cult classic focuses on finding “the dirtiest man in the world.”

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Sounder (1972). A boy and his dog are at the center of a story about a family of sharecroppers who tried to survive during the Great Depression in the rural south.

Long goodbye (1973). An iconoclastic version of Raymond Chandler’s novel by Robert Altman, starring Elliott Gould as Los Angeles-based private detective Philip Marlowe.

Cooley High (1975). A comedy about African American teens at the Cabrini Green residential project in Chicago.

Richard Pryor: Live Concert (1979). Lavish buffet reception at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California.

Chikana (1979). The 22-minute collage of artwork, footage, documentary footage, narratives and testimonies is intended to inspire Chicana feminists with role models from their cultural past.

Wobblis (1979). A documentary about the world’s industrial workers.

Star Wars. Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). Third installment of the original trilogy.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Maestro Wes Craven’s Horror Festival introduced Freddy Krueger to the world.

Don’t make sense (1984). The famous concert film Talking Heads by Jonathan Demme.

Who killed Vincent Chin? (1987). A documentary about a miscarriage of justice following the fatal beating in 1982 of a 27-year-old Chinese American by two white car workers in Detroit.

Watermelon woman (1996). In the first feature film, Cheryl Dagnier, the director plays a 20-year-old lesbian struggling to make a documentary about a beautiful and elusive actress from the 1930s.

Selena (1997). In her first major film role, Jennifer Lopez plays Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Tejana singer who was murdered at the age of 23.

Lord of the rings, Brotherhood of the ring (2001). The first of the epic trilogy.

WALL • E (2008). Pixar’s Environmental Cautionary Story is also an adorable love story of robots.

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