"Grey Gardens," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" Make National Film Registry

News   "Grey Gardens," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" Make National Film Registry
The Maysles brothers documentary "Grey Gardens," "A Tree Grow in Brooklyn" and "Saturday Night Fever" are among the films selected to the Library of Congress' National Films registry.

Annually, the public nominates films for induction into the National Film Registry; the National Film Preservation Board then selects 25 films for inclusion. The National Film Registry was created to protect films from deterioration and preserve them for further generations. A host of films with theatre ties are on the 2010 list, including the 1975 cult documentary "Grey Gardens," which inspired the Tony Award-nominated musical of the same title; the 1945 film adaptation of Betty Smith's novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (also a 1951 musical); the 1977 disco film "Saturday Night Fever" (adapted for Broadway in 1999); the 1931 film "The Front Page" (based on the 1928 play); and "The Pink Panther," directed by the late Blake Edwards.

Also on the registry are "Airplane" (1980); "All The President's Men" (1976); "The Bargain" (1914); "Cry of Jazz" (1959); "Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4EB" (1967); "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980); "The Exorcist" (1973); "I Am Joaquin" (1969); "It's a Gift" (1934); "Let There Be Light" (1946); "Lonesome" (1928); "Make Way for Tomorrow" (1937); "Malcolm X" (1992); "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971); "Newark Athlete" (1891); "Our Lady of the Sphere" (1969); "Preservation of the Sign Language" (1913); "Study of a River" (1996); "Tarantella" (1940); and "A Trip Down Market Street" (1906).

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