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The Library of Congress has announced its annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry and this year the list includes the Black influenced films "In the Heat of the Night," and "Boyz N the Hood."
This year's titles were chosen after evaluating nearly 1,000 films nominated by the public and brings the total number of films on the registry to 350.
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant motion pictures to the registry. The list is designed to reflect the full breadth and diversity of America's film heritage and the need for its preservation.
This year's selections span the 20th century from 1901 to 1991, and encompass films ranging from Hollywood classics to lesser-known, but still vital, works. Among films named this year are: the electrifying 1967 social drama "In the Heat of the Night," where Sidney Poitier as "Mister Tibbs" solves a crime his way; "Alien," the influential, spine-tingling sci-fi film where one learns that "in space no one can hear you scream"; "The Pearl," based on John Steinbeck's brilliant novel is a landmark among English-language Mexican classics released for Hispanic audiences in the United States; and "Boyz N the Hood," John Singleton's deft urban exploration of relationships among a group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto.
Films Selected to the Library of Congress, National Film Registry for 2002 are:
1. Alien (1979)
2. All My Babies (1953)
3. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
4. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
5. The Black Stallion (1979)
6. Boyz N the Hood (1991)
7. Theodore Case Sound Tests: Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925)
8. The Endless Summer (1966)
9. From Here to Eternity (1953)
10. From Stump to Ship (1930)
11. Fuji (1974)
12. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
13. Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
14. Melody Ranch (1938)
15. The Pearl (1948)
16. Punch Drunks (1934)
17. Sabrina (1954)
18. Star Theatre (1901)
19. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
20. This Is Cinerama (1952)
21. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
22. Through Navajo Eyes (series) (1966)
23. Why Man Creates (1968)
24. Wild and Wooly (1917)
25. Wild River (1960)