Two more genre classics will live on to be recovered by some futuristic civilization long after our government has crumbled into the ashes of history like Tom Holland's Spider-Man at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. What? Too soon?
The Library of Congress announced today that it would be adding Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining to the National Film Registry, a collection of movies designated for preservation based on their cultural and historical significance. It's not hard to see why these two features were chosen: The Shining has impacted the horror genre for the last 38 years, while Jurassic Park broke new ground by ushering in a brand-new era of believable computer-generated imagery.
“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”
Nevertheless, these are not the first Spielberg or Kubrick projects to be added to the Registry, which already includes Dr. Strangelove, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Jaws.
Some of the other inductees include Buster Keaton's silent comedy The Navigator (1924); Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller Rebecca (1940); Disney's animated version of Cinderella (1950); and Ang Lee's modern love story Brokeback Mountain (2005).
Since the Registry was established in 1998, it has decided to preserve such genre staples as Alien, The Exorcist, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, It's a Wonderful Life, Mary Poppins, The Terminator, The Silence of the Lambs, Halloween, Rosemary's Baby, and Night of the Living Dead.