“WALL-E”, “Flowers and Trees”, “Return of the Jedi” and “LOTR” Join National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the annual selection of 25 influential films to be inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Selected for their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance in order to preserve the country’s cinematic heritage, the latest selections include epic trilogies, major roles for Jennifer Lopez and Cicely Tyson, extraordinary animated films, comedy and music. , and films dealing with racially motivated violence against people of color decades ago.

The 2021 selections represent one of the most diverse classes of films to enter the register, with films dating back almost 120 years and representing the work of Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers, documentary filmmakers, directors, filmmakers from color, student and the silent era of film. The selections relate to 825, representing part of the 1.7 million films in the Library’s collections.

“Films help reflect our cultural history and creativity – and show us new ways of looking at ourselves – although films have not always been deemed worth preserving. The National Film Registry will preserve our film heritage and we are proud to add 25 more films this year, ”said Hayden. “The Library of Congress will work with our partners in the film community to ensure these films are preserved for generations to come. “

Two films selected for the registry received significant public support this year through online nominations. The original Star wars the third release of the ‘galaxy far, far away’ trilogy in 1983 drew the most votes from the public for Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, as another epic trilogy of films kicks off, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring from 2001, based on the beloved stories of JRR Tolkien, also gained strong public support.

“In 1951, Professor Tolkien expressed the wish that ‘… other spirits and hands, wielding paint, music and drama …’ might one day come into the world of Middle-earth. . And they did – actors and artists, composers and musicians, linguists and digital wizards – a myriad of talents have come together to bring his vast imaginative work to life on screen, ”said the film crew of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. “It is a great honor to have The 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 celebrates and preserves the art of visual storytelling, for generations to come. “

Two innovative animated films from different eras are also joining the register this year. Disney’s eight-minute short Flowers and trees, which was released during the dark days of the Great Depression in 1932, showed the magic of filmmaking with the singing of birds and colorful trees. It was the first three-strip Technicolor film presented to audiences and set a new standard. Some 76 years later, Pixar Animation Studios would release a unique masterpiece with the 2008s WALL • E , mixing animation, science fiction, ecological warning and charming robot love story. The film will win the Oscar for best animated feature.

Flowers and Trees (1932)

Flowers and trees (1932). In the darker days of the Great Depression, audiences greeted a diversion when they went to the theater. Studios have responded with Busby Berkeley musicals, risky pre-Code movies, and trippy animations such as the Betty Boop cartoons from Fleischer Studios. Those who attended the 1932 Disney premiere Flowers and trees observed the singing of birds and the awakening of trees, all in spectacular hues: Flowers and trees was the first three-strip Technicolor film presented to audiences, and the dawn of a new era. The overwhelming response convinced Walt Disney to create all future Silly Symphony shorts in color and a few years later features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Even today, the hand-drawn animation and vibrant Technicolor continue to charm and dazzle, showing new audiences what the magic of cinema can bring. Directed by Burt Gillett, produced by Walt Disney, with animation by Les Clark, David Hand and Tom Palmer.

WALL • E (2008). Thrilling critics and audiences of all ages, Pixar Animation Studios presented an unrivaled series of cinematic masterpieces, including the wonderfully unique WALL • E. Fresh out of the smitten monster The world of Nemo (2003), director Andrew Stanton has created an incredible mix of animation, sci-fi, environmental warning and a charming robot love story. It’s the story of an adorable and lonely garbage collector robot, WALL • E (for Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth Class), who one day literally meets his Eve. A triumph even by Pixar standards, the film uses skillful animation, imaginative set design (and remarkably little dialogue) to create two deeply touching characters who transcend their “mechanics” to tell a universal story of friendship and love. . The comedic relief is provided by MO (Microbe Obliterator), a truly obsessed cleaning robot always on the lookout for “foreign contaminants.” The film won the Oscar in 2009 for best animated feature.

Films selected for the National Film Register 2021 (chronological order)

1. Ringling Brothers Parade Film (1902)

2. Jubilee (1919)

3. The Flying Ace (1926)

4. Underworld Train (1930)

5. Flowers and trees (1932)

6. Strangers on a train (1951)

seven. What happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

8. Evergreen (1965)

9. Requiem-29 (1970)

ten. The murder of Fred Hampton (1971)

11. Pink flamingos (1972)

12. Sounder (1972)

13. The long goodbye (1973)

14. Cooley Haute (1975)

15. Richard Pryor: in concert (1979)

16. Chicana (1979)

17. The vacillants (1979)

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

19. Freddy (1984)

20. Stop making sense (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)

Turner Classic Movies will host a special TV show on Friday, December 17 starting at 8 p.m. ET to screen a selection of films nominated to the registry this year. Hayden will join TCM host and film historian Jacqueline Stewart, Chair of the National Film Preservation Board, to discuss the films. In addition, some 30-year titles from the National Film Register are available for free online in the National screening room.

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