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Originally Posted by Bob Cashill

Unlike Leone's other Westerms, WEST was Hollywood-funded, making it an American film--or as American as 2001 and RIVER KWAI, which have always struck me as more British.
I'm pretty sure Paramount was one of the production companies attached to Once Upon a Time in the West which means that helped funding it.




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The Registry means nothing. They added Star Wars (1977) to it, yet now as everyone knows Lucasfilm says the 1977 version of the film no longer exists in any usable state.

The Registry claims to help preserve films, or to give money to studios which the studios are supposed to use to preserve them, but evidently they do not actually succeed.
 

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Originally Posted by Will_B

The Registry means nothing. They added Star Wars (1977) to it, yet now as everyone knows Lucasfilm says the 1977 version of the film no longer exists in any usable state.

The Registry claims to help preserve films, or to give money to studios which the studios are supposed to use to preserve them, but evidently they do not actually succeed.

They do not actually succeed all of the time which is what happens with most things in life except death.




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Someone earlier in the thread asked about early-30s films.

I would like to nominate "42nd Street."
 

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Will, the NFR can only work with the materials they're given. If Lucas (who own Star Wars outright) cannot / will not hand over any elements they can use, what exactly can the NFR do? It's not like they now own the film by naming it to their list.
 

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Star Wars was added before 1997 so the original version (or a re-release print with the Episode IV title) is in there. Like Brandon said though, it doesn't mean that they can do anything with it.
 

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Airplane, The Exorcist and The Empire Strikes Back have been added to the National Film Registry.


National Film Registry 2010


Films Selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress - 2010


1) AIRPLANE! (1980)

2) ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976)

3) BARGAIN, THE (1914)

4) CRY OF JAZZ (1959)

5) ELECTRONIC LABYRINTH: THX 1138 4EB (1967)

6) EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE (1980)

7) EXORCIST, THE (1973)

8) FRONT PAGE, THE (1931)

9) GREY GARDENS (1976)

10) I AM JOAQUIN (1969)

11) IT'S A GIFT (1934)

12) LET THERE BE LIGHT (1946)

13) LONESOME (1928)

14) MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937)
15) MALCOLM X (1992)

16) MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER (1971)

17) NEWARK ATHLETE (1891)

18) OUR LADY OF THE SPHERE (1969)

19) THE PINK PANTHER (1964)

20) PRESERVATION OF THE SIGN LANGUAGE (1913)

21) SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977)

22) STUDY OF A RIVER (1996)

23) TARANTELLA (1940)

24) TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, A (1945)

25) TRIP DOWN MARKET STREET, A (1906)



http://www.loc.gov/film/nfr2010.html
 

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Nice to see William S. Hart's first starring role added to the National Registry only six years short being a century old. By coincidence I've just watched The Bargain (Universal, 1914), a western romance that is more hardboiled than a synopsis makes it sound. Hart plays Joe "Two-Gun Man" Stokes, a stagecoach robber who is wounded fleeing from a hold-up. He recuperates at a ranch where the daughter falls in love with him. He decides he had better change his life and return the stolen money, but is caught doing so and tossed in jail. Then the Sheriff loses the money at the gambling table, so he strikes a bargain with Hart that is meant to solve both their problems. It doesn't play out quite that way. The film is first and foremost a solid relationship drama, and a western second. Hart is already a consummate actor in his first starring role and delivers a poignant performance. He is also a convincing westerner who knows how to sit a western saddle. There is no air between his backside and the saddle when the horse is at a run. The film reeks with authenticity. Easy to see why Hart became such a huge star. I hope the National Registry received better elements than the transfer Sinister Cinema sold to me. It's enjoyable, however, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys silents and early westerns.
 

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Any point in asking if it's the original Empire Strikes Back or one of Lucas's revisions?


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Originally Posted by PatH

Any point in asking if it's the original Empire Strikes Back or one of Lucas's revisions?


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It's irrelevant. The Library of Congress can name a film to their list, but that doesn't mean they own the film and materials related to it.
 

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Yes, from the press release linked to in Steve's post:



For each title named to the registry, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation works to ensure that the film is preserved for future generations, either through the Library’s massive motion-picture preservation program or through collaborative ventures with other archives, motion-picture studios and independent filmmakers.
 

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