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The Empire Strikes Back Added To National Film Registry

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the what-no-phantom-menace dept.

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aztec1430 writes "Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Exorcist, and All the President's Men, were among the 25 films named by the Library of Congress to the National Film Registry on Tuesday for their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance. Now, which version was added? And will each new Lucas-a-fied version need to be resubmitted every year? ;)"

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Lots of old films (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697756)

I'm surprised they didn't include Birth Of A Nation.

Re:Lots of old films (4, Informative)

east coast (590680) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697852)

Birth Of A Nation was added in 1992.

Re:Lots of old films (2)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698010)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_film_registry [wikipedia.org]

Thanks. I went and out and looked it up. Here ya'll go.

Re:Lots of old films (1)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698094)

Your posts already start at +2...

Re:Lots of old films (2)

martyb (196687) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699948)

Thanks for the link to wikipedia... but for those who would like to go to the actual National Film Registry (NFR) site:

Also, if you'd like to make recommendations for next year's list, here are some ideas on possible films to nominate [loc.gov] . You can nominate up to 50 titles per year by sending an email to: dross@loc.gov. [mailto]

Re:Lots of old films (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34701356)

Everyone has the odd double up.

Airplane!? (4, Funny)

FrYGuY101 (770432) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697788)

Surely you can't be serious!

Re:Airplane!? (4, Funny)

Eevee (535658) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697886)

I am serious. And stop calling me Shirley.

Re:Airplane!? (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698088)

That's up in my top ten of Leslie Nielsen lines. My favoritest line is "Nice Beaver!".

Re:Airplane!? (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700586)

Didn't the "Don't call me Shirley" line get used in the 1978 Superman film as well? I may be misremembering, but I thought that that fellow who was the editor of the Daily Planet (can't remember his name) said "Don't call me Shirley" to either Lois, Clark, or Jimmy.

Re:Airplane!? (1)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 3 years ago | (#34701612)

Didn't the "Don't call me Shirley" line get used in the 1978 Superman film as well? I may be misremembering, but I thought that that fellow who was the editor of the Daily Planet (can't remember his name) said "Don't call me Shirley" to either Lois, Clark, or Jimmy.

Perry White added "don't call me sugar" to his request for coffee from Jimmy Olsen. He was trying to say, "don't call me chief."

Re:Airplane!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698098)

I am, and don't call me names.

Re:Airplane!? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698132)

I am Shirly, and don't call me Sirius.

Re:Airplane!? (1)

thomasdz (178114) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699084)

I am Shirly, and don't call me Sirius.

As an amateur astronomy buff, I would agree with you. Sirius certainly is a dog star. But, since dyslexics worship it, you might want to calm down.

That would be pretty funny.. (2, Funny)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697804)

If a government archive ends up being the only place the original un-sullied version of Empire ends up existing. LucasFAIL!

"Hundreds of years from now, in the ruins of civilization, rumors reach the roving tribes of the over-nerd that a pure copy of the fabled 'Second War of the Stars' exists." A brave band of technomancers and their trusty and nubile amazons set out on a quest for this fabled item."

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (2)

localman57 (1340533) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698144)

Screw that. I've got the Holiday Special.

My favorite part of Wierd Al's "White and Nerdy" video is when they trade a bootleg copy vhs with a cover drawn in crayon of that thing.

It really is more horrible than you can imagine. I had to watch it in two sittings.

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698182)

Dude. This is Slashdot. We've all got the Holiday Special.

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698680)

Screw that. I've got the Holiday Special.

Good for you. I actually watched the Holiday Special live.

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (1)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699496)

That's nice. I AM the Holiday Special.

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34701286)

There's absolutely nothing wrong with the Star Wars Holiday Special. I've always said that it's something you should force all your friends to suffer through at least once. If they're still your friends after you make them watch it, you can probably trust them with your life. (Either that or they'll be actively plotting to kill you.)

Besides, it's better than the Droids cartoons, at least with regards to canon.

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (1)

bipbop (1144919) | more than 3 years ago | (#34702376)

I think it's funny that all the responses are trying to one-up watching the Holiday Special, when this clearly can't be done. Instead, I'll offer my condolences, as a fellow victim :-(

ESB is Star Wars 5. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698586)

rumors reach the roving tribes of the over-nerd that a pure copy of the fabled 'Second War of the Stars' exists.

You mean Attack of the Clowns?

Ocean's started at 11, Apollo started at 13, and Zombi started at 2 [wikipedia.org] . Star Wars started at 4, just like The Fantastic. Get it right :p [tvtropes.org]

Re:ESB is Star Wars 5. (2)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698908)

Part of me wants to agree with you, because you are technically correct. However, the other part doesn't want to acknowledge the truth in your assertion because that leads to a risk that Lucas might actually make I, II, and III someday. And that's a horror on a scale too large to contemplate. It took years of therapy to get rid of that bad dream I had a while back that Lucas had actually done such a thing, and I still scream sometimes at night when I think of that nightmarish monstrosity that can only be a figment of my badly twisted imagination saying "meesa thinksa youusa..."

Whoops, it's back. Time to call my therapist again. His name is Jack, and he comes in 750ml sessions.

Re:ESB is Star Wars 5. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699204)

Since Star Wars started at IV, the second one was indeed V.

And "Apollo" didn't start at 13, 13 was the only movie made about the Apollo program, and it was about the most suspenseful spaceflight that ever launched anywhere. Nobody expected those astronauts to live, but they and the engineers on the ground pulled off some of the greatest hacks in history.

Yes, I was alive then. [slashdot.org]

Re:ESB is Star Wars 5. (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699464)

Correction: Star Wars started at nothing -- no sequels, no episode number.

Re:ESB is Star Wars 5. (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700588)

And "Apollo" didn't start at 13, 13 was the only movie made about the Apollo program, and it was about the most suspenseful spaceflight that ever launched anywhere.

Sigh. Nobody talks about The Right Stuff anymore.

Re:ESB is Star Wars 5. (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700564)

You forgot Leonard starting at part 6.

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699068)

Um, my DVDs of episodes IV-VI have both the borked and original versions. Check disk 2 for the theatrical version.

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34700754)

The unmolested versions are noisy dumps off some ancient tape format. The originals deserve a restoration like Blade Runner.

Re:That would be pretty funny.. (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700908)

That's not film. It's actually not even a very good transfer. When creating the screwed up versions, they restored the film from all the copies they could get their hands on, not in high def, and then made all their edits and unnecessary CG filler. Then, they ordered the original film destroyed, I believe. The "originals" on there are from an older scan of the film and don't even use the better film copy they used for the "special" edition.

Poor poor (2)

santax (1541065) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697812)

Kenny, Eric, Stan and Kyle. They fought so hard.

Re:Poor poor (2)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697928)

Too soon to tell if they have actually contributed (or detracted from) our culture, although it might in time. The movie Bigger, Longer and Uncut was considered to be one of the most important musicals when it was released, as that genre has been slowing fading away. The music score is actually quite impressive.

Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein would be worthwhile examples of our culture and the best works of Mel Brooks, who is arguably one of the more influential film creators in the late 20th century.

Re:Poor poor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698062)

most important musicals when it was released, as that genre has been slowing fading away

Musical-genre dying out ? That would be the largest improvement in human civilisation in hundreds of years !

Re:Poor poor (1)

santax (1541065) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698104)

That wasn't what I was meaning to say :D I was referring to the 2 episodes where Lucas was the subject.

Re:Poor poor (2)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698212)

Both Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are in the registry. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Poor poor (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698306)

Ah, good link, and actually a pretty good list of flicks for movie night. None you would expect to see on MST3K.

Re:Poor poor (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698380)

Young Frankenstein was added in 2003, Blazing Saddles in 2006. "The Producers" was added in 1996, as well. I thought "To Be or Not To Be" (also added in 1996) was one of his, but it's the 1942 Ernst Lubitsch version, not Brooks' remake.

So Brooks has at least three movies in the registry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Film_Registry [wikipedia.org]

Re:Poor poor (1)

snooz_crash (802357) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698360)

Kenny, Eric, Stan and Kyle. They fought so hard.

Blame Canada.

Re:Poor poor (1)

mcneely.mike (927221) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699252)

Kenny, Eric, Stan and Kyle. They fought so hard.

Blame Canada.

NO, NO, NO!!!
Blame Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. WE'VE already apologized, it's their turn.

Which Version? (2)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697844)

Now which version was added?

This is version 4.38.11.9, the one where Lucas replaced Boba Fett with Jar-Jar Binks.

Re:Which Version? (1)

dunezone (899268) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697908)

Now which version was added?

This is version 4.38.11.9, the one where Lucas replaced Boba Fett with Jar-Jar Binks.

Wrong. Its version 4.39.12.8, where they replaced the millennium falcon with a taco. Please hand over your nerd card and report to your local deportation office.

Re:Which Version? (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698184)

No, it's 5.110.1645.2300998.a, where Meow Skywalker gets the Bob Barker treatment from Dearth Nadir when battling to save Elora Danan from being chilled in a Jello brick.

Re:Which Version? (1)

kaizokuace (1082079) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699160)

i think its time to break out the old video recorder!

Re:Which Version? (1)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697920)

Heesa nosa goodsa to meesa dead!

Re:Which Version? (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698224)

Why do I want to mod you funny and kill you at the same time? Is that a sign of good humor, or bad? :)

Timing (1)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697864)

Leslie Nielsen died at a time conducive to his legacy. Timing is everything.

Re:Timing (0)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697934)

I hope he was buried with a fart machine.

Re:Timing (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697950)

Now if Lucas could do the same and stop killing our childhood movies the timing could had been better, in fact, could had happened before the cristal skull movie.

Re:Timing (2)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700310)

Now if Lucas could do the same and stop killing our childhood movies

In another generation, Jar Jar will be "our childhood movies"; I was in my twenties when I saw EPIV in the theater when it first came out, and rather than "the last three were high art but the prequels killed my childhood movies", I enjoyed EPs1-3, but absolutely HATED EPVI. Jar Jar? Pshaw, those goddamned Ewoks spoiled the end of the fucking story!

I'm finally starting to realise that all the people who hate EPs1-3 saw EPs4-6 as children.

Lucas got two films added (1)

sacremon (244448) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697940)

Electronic Labryrinth: THX 1138 4EB was also added. That was a student film of Lucas' in 1967 while he was at USC.

Re:Lucas got two films added (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698190)

This year.

American Graffiti was added in 1995 and Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1999.

Re:Lucas got two films added (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698318)

And Star Wars in 1989

Re:Lucas got two films added (1)

sacremon (244448) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699060)

Which means that Lucas and Spielberg are tied at five each for films included in the Registry (unless I have overlooked some).

Lucas: Star Wars, American Graffiti, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire Strikes Back, THX 1138
Spielberg: Jaws, ET, Raiders, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler's List

Oddly enough, neither Wikipedia entry for Lucas nor Spielberg makes mention of the inclusion of their films in the National Film Registry.

Re:Lucas got two films added (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34699470)

Ridley Scott has two: Alien and Blade Runner
Stanley Kubrick has three: Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove, and 2001.
Francis Coppola has four: Patton, The Godfather, Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now
Alfred Hitchcock has six: Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho

Re:Lucas got two films added (1)

niktemadur (793971) | more than 3 years ago | (#34701146)

Patton? That wasn't Coppola, that was some dude named Franklin Schaffner.
Coppola did participate in the screenplay, but that hardly counts as a Coppola movie.
Because if it did, in that case you'd have to count The Godfather as a Lucas film too, because he was a second unit director.

Without hesitation, I would count Raiders as a Spielberg AND Lucas film, it was very much a joint collaboration, Lucas came up with the idea and was intimately involved down to the very end.

In regards to Kubrick (and I haven't checked the NFR list), where's The Shining? I'd also add The Killing (1956), his first great film and one of the best heist movies of all time; you can trace a direct line from The Killing to Reservoir Dogs, with the storyline jumping back and forth in time and even down to the black suits with skinny ties.

Re:Lucas got two films added (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34702342)

Fair enough, I didn't read far enough into the paragraph about Patton.

As for Kubrick, neither The Shining nor The Killing are in the NFR -- you should have checked and answered your own question. :-P

And James Cameron has a whopping ONE. Ha ha.

Oh, John Huston, seven: Maltese Falcon, Battle of Pietro, Let There Be Light, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Asphalt Jungle, African Queen, Unforgiven

Re:Lucas got two films added (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34699560)

What's your criteria for claiming a film as theirs? Lucas didn't direct Raiders or ESB. Spielberg didn't executive produce, produce or write all of those you listed either.

Re:Lucas got two films added (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700804)

It's sortof strange that THX 1138:4EB (note the colon, sir) would be included on the registry when his actual feature film version of THX 1138 was declined. The second was much longer and had an actual plot; the original film school version was rather plotless and hard to follow, and as an avant-garde art film there are much more interesting works from that period-- Lucas was just one voice in a chorus of experimental filmmakers from that period. On the other hand, the web informs me that Jonas Mekas's Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania and Andy Warhol's Empire are both on the register as well, so I guess this vaguely in line. I had to watch the film when I went to USC for film in the 90s, and at the time it seemed really out-there but nothing terribly special, a very dated piece of the 60s counterculture.

What people don't always realize is that Lucas got much of the funding for the student THX from the US Navy and used primarily US Navy personnel as extras -- he was in USC as a grad student as wad TA'ing a class in documentary filmmaking that the navy was sending enlisted men into, and he drafted them and somehow got the documentary lab fees to pay the expenses. After he graduated he got out of the draft 4F (this was how he got diagnosed with diabetes), and his contacts got him a job with the US Information Agency as an editor for pro-ARVN propaganda films (Marcia was another editor there and that's how they met). Most people attribute Lucas's fascination with technology and military subjects to his work on these years.

Ahem, the other 24... (5, Informative)

arielCo (995647) | more than 3 years ago | (#34697960)

Y'know, there's a lot more to movies than Star Wars:

1. Airplane (1980)
2. All the President’s Men (1976)
3. The Bargain (1914)
4. Cry of Jazz (1959)
5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
7. The Exorcist (1973)
8. The Front Page (1931)
9. Grey Gardens (1976)
10. I Am Joaquin (1969)
11. It’s a Gift (1934)
12. Let There Be Light (1946)
13. Lonesome (1928)
14. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)
15. Malcolm X (1992)
16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
17. Newark Athlete (1891)
18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
19. The Pink Panther (1964)
20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
21. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
22. Study of a River (1996)
23. Tarantella (1940)
24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698022)

I'm pretty unimpressed by this list. I can't speak to a lot of the old stuff, but Saturday Night Fever was awful and, despite popular belief and the flack I'll likely receive for saying this, Airplane is not funny. To be fair, Empire Strikes Back and Malcolm X rule.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (5, Informative)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698102)

Maybe arent there because they were great movies, but how they helped to build (for good or bad) the culture of the country. And if probably in that sense Saturday Night Fever had more impact than Empire Strikes Back.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

Lectoid (891115) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698464)

"And if probably in that sense Saturday Night Fever had more impact than Empire Strikes Back." I don't know about that. Saturday Night Fever was made after the disco era started. Has had no spoofs (Family Guy, Robot Chicken). And I doubt you'd find anyone who can recite more than one quote in that movie. The same can't be said about the Empire Strikes back, where any number of people could probably remember any given scene or quote from that movie.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (3, Funny)

algaeman (600564) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698702)

Disco Stu says untrue to you!

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698784)

Had no spoofs? Even in Airplane! was done a great one, you can see a few in imdb [imdb.com] . But i give that Empire strikes back could had more. But regarding culture, sometimes acts are stronger than words, you may not remember any quote of SNF, but for some generations saturday nights got a very specific meaning, and not just in the US.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699042)

Agreed. It's not supposed to be a just a list of the absolutely best movies ever because that's subjective anyway and it's more about their impact on culture and society.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

Deathsoldier11 (1657455) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700862)

All they need to add now is a good zombie movie.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698538)

Well, to be fair to them, the list has been added to since 1989, at the rate of 25 movies a year. Also, the selection has little to do with the quality of the films, but more with their lasting effects on American culture. "Airplane" and "Saturday Night Fever" both introduced of lines and memes that have come into common usage.

As far as flack for "Airplane!", comedy is a matter of taste. Personally, I run the risk of hurting myself laughing each time I see it, and it's one of the fewer than 20 movies in my personal library. There are absolutely no redeeming qualities to it whatsoever, it's a "check your brain at the door and pour a good glass of whiskey" movie. (just don't get out the really good stuff in case you decide to re-enact the drinking problem skit!)

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

mcneely.mike (927221) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699324)

Everytime i see that movie, i laugh so hard a big banana falls from my mouth....
Ooooohhh... did that sound gay to you?

And no, i've never seen a gladiator movie........... recently.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34701852)

There are absolutely no redeeming qualities to it whatsoever, it's a "check your brain at the door and pour a good glass of whiskey"

With Airplane (or any comedy with Leslie Nielson), a big fat doob works a lot better than that glass of whiskey.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699094)

Saturday Night Fever was awful...

The song Staying Alive can be used to time CPR [msn.com] .

That partially makes up for Travolta's hair.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

floatednerd (1667997) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700700)

So can "Another One Bites The Dust". My EMT-P instructor had an interesting sense of humor the day I was taught CPR in EMT school.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

ghrucla (1392521) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700172)

Saturday Night Fever is an amazingly good movie if you realize that there's a lot more to it than disco and really ugly suits but rather there's lots of stuff about working class masculinity. Roger Ebert includes it in his 100 Greatest Movies http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19990307/REVIEWS08/401010357/1023 [suntimes.com]

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34701798)

I hated disco, so of course I hated Saturday Night Fever, but despite my loathing it, it was a cultural phenomena that made it worthy of the list.

You didn't think Airplane was funny? Surely you jest! You probably saw the "sanitized for TV" version; I refuse to watch a comedic movie on TV, because they usually excise the funniest parts. The old white woman translating jive for the stewardess, with subtitles, was a stroke of comedic genius. Black fellow: "Sheeeet." Subtitle: "Golly!" The part where the kid is calling Roger the pilot out as his actor (Jabar) until the basketball player has enough, likewise.

"Sure picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue!"

Empire Strikes Back was a good flick, but face it -- we're nerds, and predjudiced in its favor.

As to the list, I never heard of any but a few of the movies on it.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698032)

A lot more to film than just Star Wars. In some ways it makes me wonder why I have to see greats like The Exorcist listed along side of crap like Saturday Night Fever.

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (2)

sootman (158191) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698664)

> Y'know, there's a lot more to movies than Star Wars:

Yeah, and if the charter of this site weren't ``Linux, Open Source Software, Legos, Games, Star Wars, Science, Technology and pretty much anything else that falls into the "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters" umbrella'' [cmdrtaco.net] they might have been mentioned. For example, if this were a site run by dance fans, the headline might have been "Saturday Night Fever Added To National Film Registry."

A trip Down Market Street can be seen here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34700524)

Re:A trip Down Market Street can be seen here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34700708)

It may be the first movie in which the director has a cameo. (Or at least his automobile does).

Interesting too to see the free-for-all nature of roads back then. And 4 digit license plates!

Most of the people in the film were probably born in the mid to late 1800's.

TV shows most watched (1)

deodiaus2 (980169) | more than 3 years ago | (#34701042)

Even thought they were not movies,
I think we should add
I Love Lucy
Star Trek

What, no Westerns (1)

deodiaus2 (980169) | more than 3 years ago | (#34701132)

"I told you once Injune,"
"I'm not going to tell you again,
"Get off my land!"

If that doesn't represent historical and cultural significance, what does?

Re:Ahem, the other 24... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34701406)

HERESY!!!!!

Well, ok, there's Star Trek...

Which version? (1)

slapout (93640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698018)

Greedo shot first.

Surely you can't be serious!

Re:Which version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698738)

There is no 'first', there is 'only'. Han fired, nobody else.

Re:Which version? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#34700244)

Wrong movie.

I know why (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698076)

This was done so Cheney could get his theme song without having to pay royalties.

Re:I know why (4, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698250)

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive?

Re:I know why (1)

Jargon Scott (258797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698346)

Ha

Ha

Ha

Ha

National Film registry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34698108)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Film_Registry
as far as i can see : they include a star wars film ... and not a star trek ? what exactly is the aesthetic, cultural or historic value of empire ?

Re:National Film registry (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698282)

They probably thought about it in 2002, but had to make room for "Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and His Singing Duck" :)

but (-1, Troll)

chronoss2010 (1825454) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698442)

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ya been waiting a long time

Re:but (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34702122)

Hmmm, you might want to work on that karma thing a little...

Shouldn't this entail a suspension of copyright? (1, Insightful)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698450)

If these are of our cultural significance, should we still be requiring people to spend money on them?

Maybe adding them to a list and requiring people to pay money to view them is even more telling about our culture.

Seems like late, but free advertising to me...

Re:Shouldn't this entail a suspension of copyright (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698786)

In a sane world, most of these works would have fallen out of copyright protection years ago anyway, rendering the point moot.

In fact, I'd say that only movies that have fallen out of copyright protection should be eligible for this list, since "cultural significance" takes a while to develop anyway. We just need to go back to the 20-year copyright and we're good.

Airplane? (1, Funny)

aressa (35705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698688)

Surely you can't be serious.

Apparently it represents US culture (1)

fantomas (94850) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699786)

Apparently it's there because it represents US culture. Make your own conclusions.

How many... (1)

Tuan121 (1715852) | more than 3 years ago | (#34698876)

How many Libraries of Congress does it take to store those movies in the Library of Congresses database?

Re:How many... (1)

mcneely.mike (927221) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699388)

The same amount of nerds it takes to kill Jar Jar...
Just one, my man. Just one.
One named Shirley. (I'm serious)

You're kidding ? (1)

viralMeme (1461143) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699794)

Airplane, 'Empire Strikes Back', 'Pink Panther', "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB", "The Exorcist", "McCabe and Mrs. Miller", "Saturday Night Fever"

Pulled? (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#34699810)

It was pulled? What?

Seems Ironic (1)

pugugly (152978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34701402)

Why should public monies be spent to preserve any film not in the public domain?

Pug

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