It was a big year for actress Sally Field, who co-starred in “Forrest Gump.” “Norma Rae” (1979), featuring her Oscar-winning performance as a single mother who fought to unionize a Southern textile mill, also made this year’s list.
Among the other titles chosen: “The Big Heat,” a 1953 film noir starring Glenn Ford; “The Lost Weekend,” Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning alcoholism drama; “Porgy and Bess,” starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge; “Stand and Deliver,” starring Edward James Olmos as an inspiring East Los Angeles math teacher; and John Ford’s epic 1924 Western “The Iron Horse.”
Among the lesser-known titles chosen this year, “A Computer Animated Hand” (1972) by Pixar Animation Studios co-founder Ed Catmull was one of the earliest examples of 3D computer-generated imagery. The one-minute film shows a hand turning, opening and closing.
Documentaries picked for the registry include “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment,” which focuses on Gov. George Wallace’s attempt to prevent two African-American students from enrolling in the University of Alabama and the response of President John F. Kennedy. “Growing Up Female” from 1971 was one of the first films to document the women’s liberation movement.
National film registry: http://www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html
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