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New Titles Selected For National Film Registry

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The Library of Congress has picked its annual list of 25 movies to be preserved "for all time." NPR's Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish note the movie titles added to the National Film Registry this year, and try to figure out a pattern.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

A salute now to the Library of Congress for today doing what it's been doing each year since 1988: picking 25 movies to be preserved, in its words, for all time.

This federally sponsored effort is called the National Film Registry. It's set up to assure us that important motion pictures don't fade away.

AUDIE CORNISH, host:

Titles that this year include "The Front Page," "The Empire Strikes Back," and the aviation comedy "Airplane."

SIEGEL: A few other titles on the 2010 list seem to us to come in pairs.

CORNISH: 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" seems a perfect partner for 1945's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn": A couple of Brooklyn kids in different eras grappling with coming of age.

SIEGEL: And in one case with disco. Then there's a pair of films that deal with the plight of senior citizens: "Grey Gardens" about Jackie Kennedy's kooky kin holed up in a crumbling mansion; and Leo McCrary's sad tale of hapless retirees in "Make Way for Tomorrow."

CORNISH: And finally, the Registry has chosen two 1970s movies about strange goings on in the nation's capital: "The Exorcist" and "All the Presidents Men."

(Soundbite of film, "The Exorcist")

(Soundbite of music)

(Soundbite of film "All The President's Men")

Mr. JACK WARDEN (Actor): (As Harry Rosenfeld) There's been a break-in at Democratic headquarters. They were bugging the place.

Unidentified Man #2 (Actor): (As character) Woodward, Bernstein, you're (unintelligible).

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Woman #1 (Actor): (as White House operator) White House.

Mr. ROBERT REDFORD (Actor): (as Woodward) Howard Hunt, please.

SIEGEL: Just a few of the movies the Library of Congress has chosen this year for its National Film Registry.

(Soundbite of music)

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