Terminator, Deliverance Join US Film History

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2008 6:40 PM CST
"White Fawn's Devotion," circa 1910, a movie made by the first documented Native American film director. It is among this year's additions to the National Film Registry.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) The Terminator will live forever. The Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick is among 25 films being added this year to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, which seeks to preserve movies of historical, cultural, or aesthetic note. Also among the crop this year were Deliverance, The Asphalt Jungle, Sergeant York, a 1950s home movie of a family’s trip to Disneyland, and a 4-minute film of scratched stock set to African tribal music.

“The nation has lost about half of the films produced before 1950 and as much as 90% of those made before 1920,” lamented the Librarian of Congress, James Billington. “The registry helps this nation understand the diversity of America's film heritage.” Billington makes the selections based on suggestions from the public and the advice of a board, which includes Martin Scorsese and Leonard Maltin. To see the full list, click on the link below.