Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"Terminator" Cited For Cultural, Historical Significance...

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Director James Cameron's 1984 feature "Terminator", is one of 25 films selected for preservation to the US National Film registry.

Other titles being added include director Richard Brooks' 1967 film adaptation of author Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" and John Boorman's 1972 thriller "Deliverance," based on author James Dickey's novel.
"The registry helps this nation understand the diversity of America's film heritage and, just as importantly, the need for its preservation," James H. Billington, Library of Congress said.

"The nation has lost about half of the films produced before 1950 and as much as 90 percent of those made before 1920."

The Library of Congress is working to digitize/preserve endangered film/audio files at its new Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, an approximately $250 million facility built in a bunker in the hills near Culpeper, Va.

With the new additions, the total number of films in the registry will reach 500.

The registry, established by Congress in 1989, works with film archives and movie studios that own the rights to the selected films to ensure original copies are kept safe. It also acquires a copy for preservation in its own vaults among millions of other recordings.

Curators select films based on their "cultural, historical or aesthetic significance"...