Empire Strikes Back Bound for Library of Congress

Saturday Night Fever also chosen for preservation collection
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2010 9:11 AM CST
In this 1977 file photo originally released by Paramount Pictures, John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney, left, are shown in a scene from, "Saturday Night Fever."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
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(Newser) The Empire Strikes Back and Saturday Night Fever are among 25 films bound for a special Library of Congress archive this year. Some 2,100 films picked by the National Film Preservation Board and the public were nominated for preservation in the National Film Registry, the AP reports. The films aren’t necessarily considered the best in history; rather, they’re selected for their historical or cultural importance.

The registry currently holds about 550 films. Other films picked this year include The Exorcist, All the President’s Men, Airplane!, and The Pink Panther. But picks also include little-known films like a 1913 documentary in support of sign language. “The most interesting thing for me is not seeing something I like make the list, but getting educated by the list,” says a librarian of Congress.

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