Our month-long look at films on the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry continues this weekend! We look back at two of the seminal films of the 1970s and at one of our newly minted titles, the latest Disney classic to make it to the list. To learn more about the National Film Registry, please see this link.
Friday, January 13, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Shaft (MGM, 1970)
Gordon Parks directed this often violent detective film starring Richard Roundtree. The success of the film led to a series of action films with African-American leads, a genre that became known as “Blacksploitation”… including a number of Shaft sequels. Isaac Hayes sets the mood with the Oscar winning theme song which happens to be on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Color, 100 minutes. Rated R.
Add to the Registry in 2000.
Saturday, January 14, 2023 @ 2pm
The Little Mermaid (Disney, 1989)
The story of mermaid Ariel who, against her father’s wishes, makes contact with humans. This film led to a resurgence in the popularity of Disney feature cartoons, due in part to the great musical score and songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Color, 83 minutes.
JUST ADDED to the National Film Registry. There is nothing quite like going “under the sea” on the big screen!
Saturday, January 14, 2023 @ 7:30pm
The Sting (Universal, 1973)
Robert Redford and Paul Newman team up for a second (and regrettably final time) with results equal to their first pairing in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. A couple of conmen seek to outdo mobster Robert Shaw. Marvin Hamlisch provided the score that tapped into ragtime music and made Scott Joplin a star again. Color, 129 minutes.
Added to the NFR in 2005.