Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Groundhog Day" Added To National Film Registry

A well-deserved honor for the Bill Murray comedy that has gone from a pleasant surprise to acknowledged classic in the last 13 years. Repeat viewing, not surprisingly, works perfectly for this film. Here's the complete list of movies added to the National Film Registry:

* Applause (1929)
* The Big Trail (1930)
* Blazing Saddles (1974)
* The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-17)
* Daughter of Shanghai (1937)
* Drums of Winter [Uksuum Cauyai] (1988)
* Early Abstractions #1-5, 7,10 (1939-56)
* Fargo (1996)
* Flesh and the Devil (1927)
* Groundhog Day (1993)
* Halloween (1978)
* In the Street (1948)
* The Last Command (1928)
* Notorious (1946)
* Red Dust (1932)
* Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971-72)
* Rocky (1976)
* sex, lies and videotape (1989)
* Siege (1940)
* St. Louis Blues (1929)
* The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
* Tess of the Storm Country (1914)
* Think of Me First as a Person (1960-75)
* A Time Out of War (1954)
* Traffic in Souls (1913)

Nope, I didn't recognize a lot of them either. But don't just focus on the ones you do know. Think to yourself, gee, if I like "Groundhog Day" and "Rocky" and "sex, lies and videotape" (and what a GREAT film that is), maybe I'll like the ones I haven't heard of. Read the descriptions and give movies like "Notorious" (my favorite Hitchcock after "Rear Window") and the steamy "Red Dust" a shot. In fact, you could give yourself a great movie education by working your way through the complete List here. Any movie on Netflix that you haven't seen is well worth checking out. A fair number are shorts or obscure art films not readily available, so it's not as daunting as it may look at first. For the record, I've seen at least 226 of the 450 films, cartoons, shorts, documentaries and newsreel footages on the list.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

National Film Registry Master List provides additional information about the National Film Registry selections, as well as other motion picture awards. The film lists can be sorted by year, title, director, or Films101 rank. Basic information and resources are provided for all the films. - National Film Registry Selections

Please email site suggestions to


Bryce Westover