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U.S. Film Registry adds ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Lusitania’

Classic Disney feature and Winsor McCay-animated short on list that also includes ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ and ‘Titanic.’

Disney’s 1941 feature ‘Dumbo’ was chosen for preservation as an addition to the National Film Registry.

WASHINGTON -- Disney’s 1941 animated classic Dumbo and the 1918 Winsor McCay-animated propaganda silent short The Sinking of the Lusitania joined popular modern films such as The Goonies, Die Hard, Superman and Titanic on the Library of Congress’ list of films being added to the National Film Registry.

Selected for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance, the 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725, which is a small fraction of the library’s moving-image collection of 1.3 million items.

The full list:

  1. Ace in the Hole (a.k.a. Big Carnival) (1951)
  2. Boulevard Nights (1979)
  3. Die Hard (1988)
  4. Dumbo (1941)
  5. Field of Dreams (1989)
  6. 4 Little Girls (1997) 
  7. Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
  8. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
  9. The Goonies (1985)
  10. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  11. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
  12. Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
  13. La Bamba (1987)
  14. Lives of Performers (1972)
  15. Memento (2000)
  16. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  17. The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
  18. Spartacus (1960)
  19. Superman (1978)
  20. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
  21. Time and Dreams (1976)
  22. Titanic (1997)
  23. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
  24. Wanda (1971)
  25. With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)

The public can tune into Turner Classic Movies on Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET to view a selection of films named to the registry this year with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.

The list includes two films directed by Richard Donner: The Goonies and Superman.

“I thank the National Film Registry for choosing Superman: The Movie and The Goonies as films to be treasured,” Donner said upon hearing the news. “They are both special films in my life, as was the cast and crew for both. It’s wonderful to see them listed among so many great films.”

The library also announced that 64 motion pictures, previously named to the National Film Registry, are now freely available online here..  

Source: Library of Congress

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.