‘Airplane!,’ ‘Empire Strikes Back’ On Movie Preservation List
By Perry Michael Simon on December 28, 2010
The Library of Congress has released this year’s list of movies it will preserve for posterity in the National Film Registry, and right there at the top is “Airplane!” Surely any movie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in a starring role and Barbara Billingsley translating jive deserves preservation. Yes, it does, and don’t call… no, can’t do it. That was Leslie Nielsen’s forever.
Also on the list are things like George Lucas’ original “Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB” short from 1967, “The Empire Strikes Back,” “The Exorcist,” “Saturday Night Fever,” the original “Grey Gardens” documentary, “The Pink Panther,” and “All the President’s Men.” Lots of silent and obscure films, too, including “A Trip Down Market Street,” silent film from 1906 that shows San Francisco days before the earthquake destroyed most of what’s in the film.
They pick 25 films for preservation every year, and they ask the public for nominations, so go to www.loc.gov/film and tell them what you want to be preserved next year. Otherwise, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” might be lost to history.