Tuesday, December 28, 2010

National Film Registry, Shirley

Each year, the National Film Registry selects 25 films, deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant," for preservation in the Library of Congress. This year's movies include such classics as "All the President's Men," "Malcolm X," "The Pink Panther," and, in a nice surprise, "Airplane!" Here is the registry's explanation of why it added the Jim Abrahams and Zucker brothers film to its library, which now houses 550 films:
Characterized by a freewheeling style reminiscent of comedies of the 1920s, ‘Airplane!’ introduced a much needed deflating assessment of the tendency of theatrical film producers to push successful formulaic movie conventions beyond the point of logic.

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