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The National Film Registry puts new films in the vault! Yoda, Clouseau, Father Merrin, McCabe and more!

Published at: Dec. 28, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. You know the year is coming to a close when the Library of Congress releases their list of the newly inducted films into the national archives to be preserved for all time.

It’s a pretty geek heavy year, so let’s take a look at what films will never ever go away ever!

 

 

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – I suppose the real question here would be what was preserved, the original theatrical cut that took Star Wars from being a big hit to a cultural phenomenon the likes of which has never been equaled in the art form or the tinkered with 1997 SE. Of course I’d prefer the original, but personal feelings aside the SE is already restored and preserved by Lucasfilm and the original materials are what’s going the way of the dodo if it’s not preserved. Either way, it’s about time Empire made the cut.

 

 

 

The Pink Panther (1964) – I’m beginning to think some of the bigger film community deaths of 2010 influenced this list. We also have a Leslie Nielsen movie on the list and Irvin Kershner’s biggest film above. Blake Edwards’ Pink Panther series is a blast and more than worthy of being archived. Just make sure they don’t slip the Steve Martin one in by mistake, okay? Click the above poster for the great trailer.

 

 

All The President’s Men (1976) – One of the most fascinating true life crime stories ever told, in this case by Alan J. Pakula from a script by the legendary William Goldman and starring two of the most interesting leading men in American film history at their primes, and told while the crime that cost Nixon his presidency was still fresh on the minds of the audience. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford are flawless in this movie, one of my personal favorites and a definitive newspaper story that’ll make you weep for the state of modern political reporting.

 

 

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) – Robert Altman’s subtle character romance also made the cut for the Film Registry. There’s a lot to dig about this flick, especially the great character cast (an Altman trademark) and some gorgeous milky photography from Vilmos Zsigmond.

 

 

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945) – I have not seen Elia Kazan’s debut feature film, but I hope to rectify that in the very near future as I plan on doing a series on Kazan’s films while I plow through the newly released Kazan box set. If this film is up to Kazan’s standard (and judging from the 8.1/10 rating on IMDB I’d assume it is) then it’s gotta be fantastic.

 

 

The Bargain (1914) – A silent western starring one of the first cowboy stars, William S. Hart. This is another one that I’ve never seen, but the set-up sounds pretty good. It’s about a bandit who is hurt after a robbery and recuperates at a nearby farm house, falling in love with the farmer’s daughter. Now on the straight and narrow he tries to do the right thing and turn in the money, but is instead taken into custody by a crooked sheriff who proceeds to lose the recovered money at a roulette table. Some kind of bargain is struck between the two men and I guess I’ll have to seek out the movie to find out the rest!

 

 

It’s A Gift (1934) – Watch the above clip from W.C. Field’s It’s A Gift and you can thank me later for the laughs. “Kumquats!”

 

 

Lonesome (1928) – Another silent film, this time from Hungarian filmmaker Paul Fejos. It’s described as a comedic melodrama about two young lovers who are separated during a thunderstorm while at Coney Island. You can watch the whole feature on Youtube, part one embedded above.

 

 

Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) – This Depression-era tear-jerker centers on an aging couple who are forced to live separately by their asshole kids in order to save money. Directed by An Affair to Remember’s Leo McCarey and starring Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi, you can watch the flick on Youtube or you can not be a dirty pirate and buy the Criterion release.

 

 

Let there Be Light (1946) – Directed by John Huston this film is the third of three documentaries Huston directed for the US Army Signal Corps and the only one to be withheld from any sort of public release by the Army. For 35 years this was kept under wraps because Huston doesn’t hide the identities of the soldiers undergoing treatment for mental trauma upon their return from WW2. You can watch the whole thing above. I plan on doing that as soon as I finish up this article. (PS Keep an ear out for a narration by Walter Huston and a score by great film composer Dimitri Tiomkin)

 

 

Grey Gardens (1976) – This it he Albert and David Maysles documentary about Jackie O’s Aunt and cousin, a pair of ex-high society ladies stuck in a crumbling old mansion with nothing but each other and dreams of better yesterdays. Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange recently starred in an HBO miniseries about the making of this documentary.

 

 

Malcolm X (1992) – “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us!” I remember that quote in the TV spots being played endlessly in my youth. It was around this age that I began looking past the movies and genres I loved and started broadening my horizons. Spike Lee’s Malcolm X is electrifying, with a helluva lead performance by Denzel Washington who was at that exciting moment in a superstar’s career where you feel like he’s just now taking the gloves off and about to really give us all he’s got. This is an interesting choice for the Film Registry, but one I wouldn’t argue with.

 

 

Saturday Night Fever (1977) – I’d love to see the Aliens or future robot explorers who uncover this film as representing humanity. Don’t get me wrong, I love this movie. It’s such a great snapshot of a moment in time. The cultural significance and iconic stature of this movie is impossible to argue… and boy does John Travolta nail the kinda dumb, kinda dickish, but still somehow likeable Tony Manero. Oh, and he can dance, too. Sure, it’s disco and cheesy as shit, but the dude has moves.

 

 

Airplane (1981) – I love that this movie is added to the National Archives for so many reasons… I love that it’s added at the same time as Saturday Night Fever because when I hear Stayin’ Alive I must admit I think of Robert Hayes a split second before I think of John Travolta. I love that a movie this silly, that features a blow-up doll blowjob joke, is being saved for all eternity by the US government. And I seriously just love this movie. And stop calling me Shirley. Now we just have to lobby for Top Secret! for next year!

 

 

The Exorcist (1974) – That is one of my favorite trailers of all time, reportedly pulled because it caused some theater-goers to suffer epileptic seizures. William Friedkin directed arguably the most shocking, dramatic, well-crafted piece of horror filmmaking ever to see release and now it’ll be stored in a vault and protected for all time. Better watch you future travelers! You’re gonna get creeped the fuck out.

That’s it for the features this year, but experimental and historically significant shorts and features also made the cut, including George Lucas’ student film ELECTRONIC LABYRINTH: THX 1138 4EB, 1906’s A Trip Down Market Street, 1940’s Tarantella, 1996’s Study of a River, 1969’s I Am Joaquin, 1913’s Preservation of Sign Language, 1969’s Our Lady of the Sphere and 1891(!!!)’s Newark Athlete.

You can visit the Library of Congress’ National Film Preservation Board via this website, check out the complete list of what films are in the archive and even vote for films to be included in 2011’s crop. Fingers crossed for The Room!

-Quint
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  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    First?!

    by wampa_one

    Go me!

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    On a more purposeful note...

    by wampa_one

    Great year of submissions - The Empire Strikes Back? The Exorcist? All The President's Men? Airplane? Quite a collection of films there.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Third.

    by maxjohnson1971

    Shit. Hey, why the mild dis to Saturday Night Fever? "Don't get me wrong..." Saturday Night Fever is more than just a movie about disco you know Harry? It's just a wee bit deeper than that. It is also the first movie poster I ever got framed as well, so there!!

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Malcolm X is great

    by Bob of the Shire

    Damn thing is three hours long and I watch it every time it comes on cable. As engrossing a biopic as I've ever seen.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Dis?

    by Quint

    The don't get me wrong quote is followed by "I love this movie." It's a genuinely good movie with a fantastic lead performance from Travolta. Disco is just kinda cheesy (and this is from someone whose iTunes is filled with Bee Gees, Funk and all sorts of '70s awesomeness) in most people's minds, that's why I think this inclusion will be a surprise to a lot of people. And I'm not Harry, I'm the other fat one, the one with the shark.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Porn does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    What, no porn? If the nuclear holocaust strikes and I claw my bleeding way down to the national archive 'vault' then fuck some silent hungarian movie - i'm gonna want me some porn!<p> (at least put BEASTMASTER in there so I can crack one off to Tanya Roberts tits in the bathing scene?)

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I work for the Library of Congress

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    I work for LC as an AV preservation expert. I don't work in Culpeper - I work on Capitol Hill - but y'all better be good to me nonetheless. Or the elements of ESB just might go missing.... Oh and I'll do my best to keep Lucas away from them. Yer welcome.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Klytus, you can be our inside man. Get BEASTMASTER in there for us. While you're at it sneak in FLASH GORDON too - Ornella Muti is always good for a spank.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    After Spike Lee made Malcom X

    by judderman

    I was never able to take his subsequent movies, because they all seemed like pale drek compared to what he produced in that film. OK, Clockers and the 25th hour were good, but don't get me started on Crooklyn.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    This is buffywrestling [I have a back-up]

    by deadnotsleeping

    The Exorcist trailer explained a lot to me actually. Didn't the ghosty/demon head only show up once & it was a quick cut during the actual exorcisim? I always got a bit confused. Compared to Blatty's novel, when he said the devil was Legion, how does something described as Legion have a face, albit a ghosty/devil one? All The Presidents Men was a brillant film. It's like what Frost/Nixon was tryng to be. I love movies from that era. Zodiac, is another. It just captures the complete brand new burgening ways that a society can be fucked up. You can see it the porn of the age too.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Klytus, unless you act now one day our grandchildren's grandchildren may have nothing to whack off to.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Are you kidding me Cobra-Kai?

    by judderman

    Our children today are floating in a sea of whack-off possibilities. Believe me, the moment the klaxon for Armageddon tolls, every teenage boy in the world will drain his hard drive onto his dongle and steal a terminal from the nearest cybercafe before rushing to the shelter.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Klytus: Library of Sexual Congress - make it so!

    by palimpsest

    You have your instructions. Just make sure that TRADING PLACES is kept on file for all time. Can't beat Jamie Lee in her prime.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    They should preserve ALL film.

    by cookylamoo

    From Citizen Kane to Debbie Does Dallas.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Worst Part Of Entire SE Is In ESB

    by Autodidact

    The special edition adds a terrified scream when Luke drops himself down the airshaft on Bespin. I'm sure this was some idiotic attempt to remind kids that suicide is bad or something*. Makes me sick. *I'm aware Luke wasn't committing suicide.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    autodidact

    by Mark

    Lucas seems to agree with you, the scream was taken out for the DVD release.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    It was like judderman is speaking

    by deadnotsleeping

    a different language. What the hell is a "dongle"? Does it have to do with Who-ville Christmas? The Grinch stole all the dongles, sorry. He gives it back later when it grows three sizes.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Sometimes I think about all the really

    by deadnotsleeping

    relevant & social commentary films that have slipped through the cracks. Like Ski School. You couldn't find a better film between that cusp of 1990 & a month later.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Pink Panther trailer is odd

    by Drath

    for today's standards. No plot outlined in it at all, it's just a collection of personalities and a general tone--which is actually dead on for a Blake Edwards comedy but it really shows how different movie ads are now (and movies too, particularly comedies, which aren't nearly this classy anymore and wouldn't know that that's a bad thing in a million years). Different time I guess.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    cookylamoo

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Preserve all film? OK, I'm for that. How much would you like to see your taxes go up to fund that initiative? Oh and I'm lobbying hard for Megaforce to go into the Registry next year. And here's a little insider info - the first VHS tape digitized at LC's audiovisual preservation facility in Culpeper, Virginia? The Star Wars Holiday Special. The techs and curators thought long and hard and figured that would be the funniest way to test their digitization equipment. True story. Thank you taxpayers of America!

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW is excellent

    by YackBacker

    I'm happy to see it get recognition. The recent re-release on video may have helped it too.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Anyone see the Robot Chicken Return of the Jedi?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    You have the old Anakin replaced by the young Anakin which posses the rest of the ghost Jedi off.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Which Exorcist? The original, the spider-walk one,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    or the most recent with the additional scenes. BTW, this is one instance where the additional scenes didn't detract from the original. I'm still on the fence with the ending with the priest and detective walking away 'ala Casablanca. Finally Blake Edwards gets his due. I guess the guy had to die or something. And Airplane? Bravo. Now if the Registry could burn the Date/Epic/Disaster/etc. Movies as a fair trade... And yes, Top Secret was a brilliant follow-up to Airplane. Lets all go Skeet Shootin'!!

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    palimpsest - I would also suggest Dennis Hopper's The Hot Spot

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    for Jennifer Connelly's nude scene alongside an also nude Virginia Madsen (who appeared nude pretty much all through the late 80's/early '90s). THAT needs to be marked as a national treasure.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Airplane

    by REDD

    Airplane came out in 1980.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Good year for Lucas

    by shutupfanboy

    Gets Empire and THX in there. I am shocked Exorcist and All the Presidents Men weren't already in. I am kinda concerned what else is being left out. Pink Panther might be a reach, Malcolm X is too early, but it deserves to be there.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    The Latest version of ESB...

    by Lobanhaki2

    ...removes the scream.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Speaking of William Friedkin ... I see according to Amazon

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    the only DVD of Sorcerer is some crappy pan and scan job from a broadcast source. This needs to be rectified!! Sure its a remake of a superior film, but its a masterful work on its own.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Original version of ESB only, please

    by kevred

    The special editions, and the godawful further-tinkered-with post-prequels versions (which are abominations) are like redoing the eyes of the Mona Lisa centuries later. Reading the Making Of book (which was a very nice Xmas gift) only makes me appreciate what a masterpiece of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness the original film was. To arbitrarily toss out parts of that work and replace it with some computer-generated rubbish is to spit on the people who sweated blood to come up with what worked so seamlessly in the original. It may have been Lucas' vision, but the actual film was the result of many, many people's work. That should be respected.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Is the matrix in there yet?

    by UltraTron

    Spike Lee does not deserve to have a movie in there. Sorry.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    A disturbance in the force...

    by ufoclub1977

    "the original theatrical cut that took Star Wars from being a big hit to a cultural phenomenon" This is false! Star Wars was a cultural phenomenon alone and would have even retained more and more legendary respectable status without the sequels. I know plenty of older folk that didn't bother to see Empire Strikes Back. But everyone and their grandma went to see Star Wars. That thing ran over a year in it's initial release! You could find reference to Star Wars in every newspaper cartoon, marching band rendition, every knock off on tv. It was iconic on multiple levels (from Leia's hairstyle to the cantina scene, to the religious tone of the fictional "force"). The same cannot really be said for Empire Strikes Back.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Klytus

    by cookylamoo

    They could probably save 300 films on what it costs to blow one Arab's house to kingdom come. Have the Government spend my taxes on what I care about for a change? No problem.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    When I was a kid if you hadn't seen

    by UltraTron

    Star Wars I would have considered you a low grade idiot. Fact is- you would have been. The thing played forever and could not be escaped. If you hadn't seen it after it had been out over a year then your very soul was part of a lost and forgotten time and you were forever thought of as the idiot you no doubt were

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    cookylamoo

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Couldn't agree more. You should see what the DoD budget is compared to LC's. It's fucking disgusting.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    More on crappy latter-day ESB effects

    by kevred

    Over Xmas weekend, ESB was on TV. We weren't watching it, but just caught a second of it in passing (it's my all-time favorite film, but I don't like watching it with commercials). Anyway, the few seconds we saw was a shot of Bespin. There was a quick establishing shot from outside that showed one of the cloud cars zooming by a window. It was one of the CG shots created and added years after the original came out. Just a few seconds, then a cut to the interior scene. My wife, who hadn't seen the film in many years and was never an avid/detailed fan of it - not any kind of SW nerd at all - did a double-take when she saw the shot. Her reaction was, essentially, "what is that crap?" Without having any memory or awareness of how it was "supposed" to look, she instinctively knew that something wasn't right - out of place, didn't fit, looked plastic-y and fake. She had no knowledge of it, but she knew it was wrong and looked bad. Bad in a way that was distracting, that caught her eye & turned her head with how off it was, in a way that none of the original effects do. Reading the Making Of book, it's obvious that Lucas never stopped thinking/inventing - everything was in flux to some degree. I respect that. But you can't seamlessly tinker with something like this - a singular work that was a product of a truly exceptional combination of circumstances - years later and expect it to work. It's Lucas' right to do it, but that doesn't make it a good idea. Computers cannot recreate the magic of what created that film.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    McCabe and Mrs. Miller is crap

    by dukeroberts

    And Malcolm X is too new, but I guess they ARE "important".

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    So what format are these digitized from...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...Like when the movie is submitted do they send it on beta sp tapes or how does that work?

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    agree kevred

    by Bass Ackwards

    The CGI at Cloud City jars me every time, moreso just because its so poorly done. It looks like a cartoon, the CGI effects of that time do not hold up at all well.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    CGI Cloud City

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Yeah, I think that's the only CGI addition to the SE that I don't like. I love the shot in Episode IV of the huge mass of X wings approaching the Death Star, adding stuff outside the windows of Cloud City was a good decision, and I even like the celebration scenes at the end of Jedi (minus the Jar Jar addition that came later on).

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I watched Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" Last Night

    by cookylamoo

    Where she makes fun of Lucas telling her she couldn't wear a bra because there are no bras in space. But think about it. Princess Leia in her white dress with bra straps showing through. Lucas was right. Just goes to prove nobody can be wrong about everything. By the way, Carrie Fisher comes off as a whiny, bitter old bitch. Picture her and Han Solo today. Not pretty.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    This one's for you, Kersh! Suck my dick, George.

    by AzulTool

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Avast! Don't Forget _The Cry of Jazz_, Quint

    by duanejones

    A selection worth mentioning for its caustic take on race -- in the 50's, no less -- where jazz is concerned, and, of course, for featuring Sun Ra. We all love Sun Ra. Right?

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Digitization of Films

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    The films are submitted as 35mm prints and, I believe, internegatives or interpositives to strike new prints from. The Library of Congress' facility in Culpeper, VA can do a lot of film preservation work in-house but they also outsource a lot of the as-needed digitization and color film work. There's more and more born-digital stuff coming in too and LC is in the process of figuring out how we're going to preserve these materials (I'm involved in a lot of that work). There's no universally-agreed-upon target digital moving image preservation format. For now motion picture film is considered the archival moving image capture medium because of its simplicity and its stability. In the case of born-digital materials those are just kept in situ for the moment. http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    ESB is important how exactly?

    by jack black

    and why is it more important that the original SW? who the fuck makes those lists?

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    "what films will never ever go away ever!"

    by Rupee88

    Everything goes away eventually....and with digital, nothing goes away (until humanity does). So that statement is kind of empty and means nothing. But it's good they do this list...just another way to find a film to watch that is probably worth checking out.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    'Im aware Luke wasn't committing suicide. "

    by jack black

    well not exactly a suicide,but his attempt to escape his dad was both desperate and suicidal.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Lol at the Exorcist trailer

    by JAG_off

    That was worse than the Electric Soldier Porygon episode of Pokemon by about ten fold, in terms of seizure-inducing.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    McCABE trailer

    by abcdefz7

    Man -- no wonder it tanked. It never even had a fighting chance. That's just a lousy, lousy trailer, with no emphasis on Altman, who just came off M*A*S*H, a movie I don't particularly like, but one that was, at the time, one of the highest grossing ever and a cultural phenomenon. I know that Beatty and Christie were tabloid fodder at that point, but still... McCABE & MRS. MILLER is one of my top ten favorite movies. I wouldn't have expected it to be a smash -- it's a little too difficult than that -- but it should have made passable numbers at the time if the marketing had been better. (Though I must say, the poster was terrific.)

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Airplane!, yes. Top Secret, no.

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    I watched that in high school and thought it was hilarious. Watched it again last year and was so disappointed in it. It had a few funny parts. Yeah, that Exorcist trailer was horrible. Imagine watching something like that in IMAX.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Star Wars and American Graffiti are already on the registry

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    So with the student film THX, Lucas has (almost) all his pre-prequel directed films listed on the National Registry. Kilik, do you do ANY research before posting?

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Empire is being perserved but has no real ending

    by Orionsangels

    Meaning ROTJ will have to be preserved as well. Since it's a continuation of the story. In other words this film is being preserved for all time for future generations. So it never gets lost or destroyed. Let's say something happens to the world. Asteroid, Nuclear War or whatever and most films are lost, but the National Film Registry films are saved and now the future generation is watching Empire. It ends and they ask, what happens next? I wanna know so badly! The National Film Registry will have to say, sorry we didn't preserve ROTJ.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal

    by jack black

    should i?

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    "Its MINE...MINE you Motherfuckers..you hear me!"

    by conspiracy

    George threw the half full tumbler across the vast den as hard as he could, sending it careening off his intended target; the picture of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and himself taken at The Citadel in San Francisco shattered as it fell to the floor. "I...Spent...TENS OF THOUSANDS on your FUCKING campaigns...I MADE YOU IN THIS STATE...and YOU...CAN'T...EVEN...KEEP THEM FROM STEALING MY WORK!"...Lucas coughed, struggling to catch his breath through his fatted flesh constricted windpipe; "G..George"...came the plaintive voice of Vice President Biden through the receiver,"You...you understand WE...well...WE have no Control over that part of the government...it..well..it..kinda works independently" Biden pleaded, his voice clearly shaken by Lucas long distance rage. "FUUUUUCK.....YOU!" screamed the God of Geeks,..."Don't give me that SHIT...TELL me you had nothing to do with one of Spikes amateur shoots being on that FUCKING LIST...Motherfucker can't even shoot a NIKE COMMERCIAL WORTH A FUCK yet there he is,...you Lying FUCK!", another quick breath, ..."Well LET HIM be there...he has no FUCKING VISION..I...DO... THIS is no HONOR to me..it is a PRISON! I DO NOT WANT MY WORK 'Protected'..UNDERSTAND? IT isn't even FUCKING FINISHED YET, I'm STILL WORKING ON IT YOU PRICK!". Exhausted, his rage wearing thin Lucas threw his cell into the roaring fire...releasing the VP from his venomous grasp for the moment,and slipped into his custom "Wookie" fur chair. "Not..Finished...Not perfect yet...Must make revisions" he mumbled as he drifted off into a dream of yet another revision, one just for him, in which his vision of perfection would finally be realized, where both Lando and Han would finally get Pegged by Princess Leia.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    @ orionsangels

    by abcdefz7

    Look at most of the ancient Greek plays. Despite the reknown of the competitions, many, many plays are lost. Heck, most scholars aren't even sure where Aeschylus' PROMETHEUS BOUND falls in the trilogy -- first or second. I think the ORESTIA is the only surviving trilogy among all the classic playwrights. There's some curiosity factor, but the world kept turning.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    All in all though...good choices for preservation...

    by conspiracy

    One thing I learned today; the art of trailer making has REALLY progressed over the last 30+ years. God some of these are HORRID.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Trailers

    by dukeroberts

    I think the ESB trailer is great. It's terribly exciting and doesn't show too much. The Exorcist trailer is awesome. It shows everything, but without seeing the movie first you don't know what the hell you just saw. I think the black and white shock images are awesome for the trailer. The McCabe & Mrs. Miller trailer is effective at showing at boring the movie really is and kind of remind me of Altman's later Popeye movie. And it kind of reminds me of Heaven's Gate too. The Pink Panther is not so great. While it lets you know the stars in the movie, and you see a couple of good gags from the movie, you don't get a real sense of what the movie is about. Of course, with Capucine and Claudia Cardinale in it, I'm already there.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Exorcist is one movie that still scares me

    by mypalfish

    I don't know what it is, but I just get too creeped out if I watch it alone. I suppose being a devout Catholic has something to do with it.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Kilik - your statement "why is it more important that the original SW?"

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    made it sound like you were unaware that Star Wars had already been registered. So to answer your question....yes.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Well the damn cockroaches got to watch something come the end...

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    ....And those damn dirty apes too.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    As opposed to all of great movies that you've made?

    by AzulTool

    Also, Robocop 2 was FUCKING GREAT!

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    market street

    by mrsheldrake

    love that little film, glad to see it made it. Absofucking amazing Exorcist trailer. Kumquats, always loved that bit, though I was always surprised Fields didn't shove the old coot in front of the car a la Edith Keeler. And I am going to watch the Huston doc right now. I was around when it premiered at the Thalia but wasn't as interested as I am now.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    This is cool and all, but...

    by SoylentMean

    shouldn't every film ever made be archived somewhere? Even the shit should be preserved. We're the only animal that can chronicle its existence and share experiences without having to experience them. Besides, we have the technology.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Quint...

    by maxjohnson1971

    Sorry for calling you Harry. I should have known it wasn't him, what with all the complete sentences and punctuation and stuff. And I guess "dis" wasn't the right word. I just can't comprehend someone being a bit amazed that Saturday Night Fever is being included here.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    ESB

    by Dlgothv

    Of all the SE Star Wars at least Empire was the least fucked with. Still my favorite above all others...

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Seriously...

    by dukeroberts

    Isn't there anything you guys can do about these spammers? They're in every thread now.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    I sure hope TESB is the 1980 print.

    by JediTray

    The award-winning film directed by Irvin Kershner in 1980 is the version that deserves to be in the Registry. Knowing Lucas and his dumb ass, you can bet it will be the 2004 altered DVD cut. The Original Star Wars Trilogy has died, and has been dead since 1997. What Lucas has done by burying the original award-winning films is criminal. Don't know WTF I'm talking about? Go to http://www.savestarwars.com/ and http://originaltrilogy.com/ and get educated!

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I can't wait till they preserve The Phantom Menace.

    by Orionsangels

    They should preserve the 1999 Phantom Menace talkback. That was fuckin EPIC!

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Piracy?

    by edaday

    I'd suppose that Make Way for Tomorrow is public domain, and so one is not a dirty pirate at all for youtubing it. That being said, Criterion gets my money as often as possible, what with them being baddass and all. Count me in for Top Secret.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Preserve SW & TESB only, forget the other movies..

    by CeejayNightwing

    ROTJ was utter rubbish, spectacular but utter rubbish. The Prequels were even worse, not even good productions let alone good films and all fine examples of how NOT to make movies. The Star Wars movies stop making any sense from the end of TESB, after that they begin to get ridiculously contrived, exceptionally badly written with laughable dialogue and characters more annoying than a toothache! They should Bury ROTJ and the Prequels whilst they preserve SW and TESB!

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    TESB voice over

    by shady73

    Is that Harrison Ford doing the voice over for "The Empire Strikes Back" trailer?

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Those of you giving Kershner all this credit...

    by ufoclub1977

    Those of you giving Kershner all this credit as some auteur force behind Empire... you do know that you can look at the other films a filmmaker has made to gauge what they bring to the table? Fact is, in this time period, Lucas was behind THX-1138, American Graffiti, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark... Kershner was behind Eyes of Laura Mars, Never Say Never Again, Return of a Man Called Horse, and a tv movie Raid on Entebbe. Can you dig it?

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    ufoclub1977 - ok look at the filmography of Stanley Donan,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    a director with a lot of classics under his belt. Then look at Saturn 3. A science fiction embarassment. ESB could have been a campy/40's serial type disaster, if it wasn't directed carefully. Of course, the script was rich and the editing and pacing helped immeasurably.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal... on Saturn 3...

    by ufoclub1977

    Specifically on Saturn 3 (kind of like that new werewolf movie)... the production was troubled and the director was a last minute replacement. Trouble like this: The film was started by John Barry ( British production designer known chiefly for design work on "Star Wars" and "Superman: The Movie". Barry got the opportunity to direct the sci-fi movie "Saturn 3" but was fired and replaced by Stanley Donen. It was Barry's first film as a story writer.) The budget for Saturn 3 was reduced when the Lord Lew Grade / ITC production house's other production Raise the Titanic (1980) went over budget. Supposedly Barry was heartbroken and depressed about how the film was realized. And if you look at Stanley Donen's work... he could not have been expected to do a good job in this genre even if he hadn't been picking up the pieces! I do believe that Kershner brought less to the table than people appear to give him credit for. But certainly he was a better foreman than Richard Marquand!

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    ROTJ is uneven,but it is way better than

    by jack black

    the prequel turds.The final act with the parallel triple sequence (Inception anyone?) accompanied with Williams terrific music is unforgettable,although the redemption of Vader in the end has been ruined nowadays because of the prequels: Before those,his redemption had a dramatic impact and emotional meaning because Luke and us the audience cared about his character,even though he was the villain. But then with the prequels we learn that he is a fucking wooden,selfish,cocky asshole who thinks only of himself,ignores his mentor and everyone else and he is so fucking stupid that he lets the Emperor to make him his bitch and ofc he kills the woman who supposedly was loving and wanting to protect her from all the evil. But most importantly he massacred kids ffs.kids.That makes the redemption of Vader ridiculous,disgusting and repulsive,at least in my book.fuck him,let him burn in Hell.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Lucas does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    kilik, the killing of the kids isn't Vader's crime. It's Lucas's crime.<p> The original Star Wars trilogy were movies you could happily show your 5 year old child. They'd be bouncing round on the sofa loving it and wanting to re-enact the films and play star wars games afterwards.<p> Show them the prequel trilogy... your 5 year old has a shattered look in their eyes... Asking you question after question about what the films meant? Who were the goodies and who were the baddies? Were the younglings alright? Did it hurt the nice man when the fire burned him? Daddy i'm having nightmares... I don't want to watch those films again...<p> That's the crime.<p> Fuck you Lucas. Fuck you very much.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    ufoclub1977 - I guess the question boils down to

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    how much artistic influence does a director have when they are serving the vision of another? Would Lucas have directed Empire entirely different than Kershner? Would Lucas, who is known for sticking very closely to the script, have allowed Ford to use his own line "I know" on the set that day? As Ford said during filming of Star Wars, George you can write this stuff, just try saying it..or words to that effect. Would Lucas have kept the color palette a bit darker as Kershner did? Scenes in Hoth, a city of snow and ice, have characters in dark rooms or shadowed... Hard to say...

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I have no problem with him Whackin the kids...

    by conspiracy

    from a story standpoint Vader was supposed to be a killing machine, and the Empire ruthless to all who resisted; remember poor unarmed Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru? Besides...historically people have no problem redeeming and even glorifying those who willingly and knowingly murder the innocent, especially if the outcome turns out in their favor. Why..if Vader had lived the Rebels probably would have imprisoned him 5 years max, then pardoned him and erected a statue in his honor.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    The Original Pink Panther is terrible!

    by BigTuna

    Anyone watch it recently? Holy Shit. It's so fucking dull! Clouseau is a supporting character, and is given little to do. It's not in the same league as a Shot in The Dark. Hell, even the Martin remake had more laughs (yes I said it) and was more entertaining. What a horrible overrated turd that film is.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    bigtuna well said

    by jack black

    PP's only good things are the glamorous cosmopolitan jet-set setting and that classic song sung by the actress who played the Greek celebrity in the movie. ASITD is miles away more entertaining and brilliant.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    As far as Kershner and the color pallette of ESB...

    by ufoclub1977

    I think Kershner had NOTHING to do with the visual style of the film, whereas Lucas approves the greenlight on everything down to the minute sound effects. He is in control (for better or worse) of everything in his films. I think he hired Kershner to actually talk through the bullhorn and address the actors because he was more concerned about the colors, sets, sound, costumes, etc... And he felt overwhelmed by having to do it all. So he went back to the old Hollywood model where the producer is the overall omnicient creative force... and the director is the foreman who yells action, and tweaks the performances. Lucas was very dark (both in tone and in some scenes) with THX-1138 where he is arguably even more of the sole auteur. So in my opinion, the acting was better because Kershner who likely had no say in the costumes/sets/story/effects/sound/music was able to solely concentrate on the performances. But ESB does suffer a bit from the feeling of hopping from one STAGE to another, in a theatrical fashion, whereas Star Wars really seemed to impart a feeling of great distances and a big universe. I don't know who's fault that it. But interviews with Gary Kurtz do seem to indicate that after a certain point Lucas was no longer interested in sweating over the movie to make it strong form all sides, indicating that Lucas didn't hold the audience in high regard (intellectually). and maybe he is right about the mean average of viewers. But I swear, if Return of the Jedi's content had been the first movie released, the entire enterprise would have been of much less cultural impact. If only we could peer into alternate realities to test our hypothesis! I think everyone should read the first few parts of the new book by Ben Burt on getting hired to design sound effects for The Star Wars and encountering a very detail oriented, judgemental Lucas who would have something be redone again and again until it felt right to him personally.

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