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“Johnny Guitar”: National Film Registry #20

Joan Crawford, once the queen of the MGM lot,  had one of her very best late-career roles in the film “Johnny Guitar” which was added to the National Registry in 2008. “Johnny” is a unique and one-of-a-kind Western which Michael Schlesinger attempts to get a handle on by saying: “There are very few films—especially from Hollywood studios—that […]

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”: National Film Registry #19

It was in 2007, that the sci-fi classic “Close Encounters” was added to the Library’s National Film Registry.  Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr and Melinda Dillon starred in the film that forever put Devil’s Tower on the map and seemed to codify the popular depiction of space aliens. Writer Matt Zoller Seitz looked back at this landmark film […]