National Film Registry Adds Genre Movies

Houseofwax1Three fantasy and horror films are among the 25 films selected in 2014 by the Library of Congress to be preserved as part of the National Film Registry, House of Wax (1953), Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

Also on the list is the Western, Rio Bravo (1959), whose screenplay was co-written by Leigh Brackett. Called the “Queen of Space Opera” during the pulp era, she became famous for her work on The Empire Strikes Back screenplay.

House of Wax, the first full-length 3-D film from a major U.S. studio, stars Vincent Price. Rosemary’s Baby was based on the novel by Ira Levin and directed by Roman Polanski.

Other selections of interest to fans for various reasons:

  • The Dragon Painter (1919) is a silent film that stars Sessue Hayakawa as a mentally disturbed young painter who believes that his fiancée is a princess who has been captured and turned into a dragon.
  • Little Big Man (1970) is more revisionist history than alternate history, the recollections of a 121-year-old man (Dustin Hoffman) about his life as an Indian in the Old West.
  • Luxo Jr.(1986) was a Pixar short directed and co-produced by John Lasseter, the first 3-Dl computer-animated film to be nominated for an Oscar.

The complete list follows the jump.

[Thanks to Mark Blackman for the story.]

13 Lakes (2004)
Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Down Argentine Way (1940)
The Dragon Painter (1919)
Felicia (1965)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The Gang’s All Here (1943)
House of Wax (1953)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)
Little Big Man (1970)
Luxo Jr. (1986)
Moon Breath Beat (1980)
Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976)
The Power and the Glory (1933)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Shoes (1916)
State Fair (1933)
Unmasked (1917)
V-E Day + 1 (1945)
The Way of Peace (1947)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? (1971)

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6 thoughts on “National Film Registry Adds Genre Movies

  1. Somehow your web software has put a question mark after every title. I like it. It lends an air of incredulity to the report.

  2. Kind of makes it the “Dubious National Film Registry” that way. Fixed now — thanks for catching it.

  3. I kind of like the original MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM a bit better than the 3D remake. When HOUSE OF WAX was remade with Paris Hilton, people kept referencing Vincent Price’s film as “the original”.

  4. I don’t know about you, tovariche, but Leigh Brackett was famed to me before The Empire Strikes Back, and I was still not long out of my neohood before she died..

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