"Stormy Weather" (43) starring tap dance icon Bill Robinson, jazz immortals Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Dooley Wilson and other groundbreaking musical black artists, along with the three minute short "Jam Session" (42), starring Duke Ellington and his orchestra, were added with 23 other films on December 18 to the National Film Registry preservation list bringing the total number of films placed on the Registry to 325 since 1989.
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, Registry officials said the Librarian of Congress has named 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant motion pictures to the Registry archives.
The list is designed to reflect the full breadth and diversity of America's film heritage, thus increasing public awareness of the richness of American cinema and the need for its preservation.
"Our film heritage is America's living past," said spokesman James H. Billington. "It celebrates the creativity and inventiveness of diverse communities and our nation as a whole. By preserving American films, we safeguard a significant element of our cultural history."
Registry officials added, this year's selections span the 20th century from 1913-1988, and encompass films ranging from Hollywood classics to lesser-known, but still vital, works.
"Taken together, the 325 films in the National Film Registry represent a stunning range of American filmmaking -- including Hollywood features, documentaries, avant-garde and amateur productions, films of regional interest, ethnic, animated, and short film subjects -- all deserving recognition, preservation and access by future generations," Billington said.
Breakthrough black films such as Shaft (71), Do The Right Thing (89) and Carmen Jones (54) has made the Registrys list in pervious years.
"The films we choose are not necessarily either the best' American films ever made, or the most famous," Billington said. "But they are films that continue to have cultural, historical or aesthetic significance-- and in many cases represent countless other films deserving of recognition."
The films selected to the National Film Registry, Library Of Congress for 2001 are:
1) Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
2) All That Jazz (1979)
3) All the King's Men (1949)
4) America, America (1963)
5) Cologne: From the Diary of Ray and Esther (1939)
6) Evidence of the Film (1913)
7) Hoosiers (1986)
8) The House in the Middle (1954)
9) It (1927)
10) Jam Session (1942)
11) Jaws (1975)
12) Manhattan (1979)
13) Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939)
14) Memphis Belle (1944)
15) The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
16) Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
17) National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
18) Planet of the Apes (1968)
19) Rose Hobart (1936)
20) Serene Velocity (1970)
21) The Sound of Music (1965)
22) Stormy Weather (1943)
23) The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)
24) The Thin Blue Line (1988)
25) The Thing From Another World (1951)