‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption’ selected for National Film Registry
Films qualify for selection if they are at least 10 years old and “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The additions, selected by the Librarian of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board bring the total amount of films in the registry to 675.
“The Sneeze,” produced in 1894, is the oldest film on the list. Only a few seconds long, the film was produced by W.K.L. Dickson, an engineer on Thomas Edison’s team, and shows a man sneezing. It is one of the earliest examples of film. The most recently-produced addition is “L.A. Confidential,” the 1997 hit crime starring Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger.
Other notable selections include “Portrait of Jason” (1967), one of the first widely-seen LGBT films in the U.S., “The Old Mill” (1937), an early example of longform animation by The Walt Disney Company, and “The Story of Menstruation” (1946), an educational film about menstruation that 93 million women viewed between 1946 and the late 1960s.
Read the fill list of additions below.
Films Selected for the 2015 National Film Registry
Being There (1979)
Black and Tan (1929)
Dracula (Spanish language version) (1931)
Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)
Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)
Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
A Fool There Was (1915)
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Imitation of Life (1959)
The Inner World of Aphasia (1968)
John Henry and the Inky-Poo (1946)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Mark of Zorro (1920)
The Old Mill (1937)
Our Daily Bread (1934)
Portrait of Jason (1967)
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Sink or Swim (1990)
The Story of Menstruation (1946)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
Top Gun (1986)
Winchester ’73 (1950)