December might be better known as a month of holidays, family gatherings and gifts being given and received, but it’s also the month when the National Film Registry reveals the 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically” important films will be added to its archives. There are some obvious entries like Forrest Gump, Porgy and Bess, Bambi and Silence of the Lambs, but there are a few surprises.
Robert Rodriguez’s very first feature-length film El Mariachi, which wound up being the first part of a trilogy completed by Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, made the list as well as John Cassavetes’ early film Faces and Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull’s student film A Computer Animated Hand. The short film only lasted one minute, but laid the groundwork for the computer-generated revolution that followed.
There are a lot of interesting films on the list, but one of the ones that set off our geek alarms is the 1954’s War of the Worlds, directed by Byron Haskin, who used to be a special effects man. Haskin brought on Gordon Jennings to handle the effects, which proved to be the perfect choice as the film still holds up today. For a full list of the archived films and an in-depth description of each, visit The Hollywood Reporter.
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