George Kuchar Film Accepted Into National Film Registry
George Kuchar‘s 1977 short film I, an Actress has been accepted as one of twenty-five films into the 2011 National Film Registry. This means that the film will be preserved for future generations due to its “enduring significance to American culture,” according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
Sadly, this prestigious accomplishment comes several months after Kuchar’s passing back in September. I, an Actress was released on DVD in 2009 on the Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947 — 1986 box set put out by the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Two other underground films were also accepted into the National Film Registry this year: Jordan Belson‘s Allures (1961) and Chick Strand’s Fake Fruit Factory (1986). Belson and Strand also passed away recently. Belson, on the same day as Kuchar (Sept. 6, 2011), and Strand on July 11, 2009. Fake Fruit Factory can be seen alongside I, an Actress on the Treasures IV box set.
The National Film Registry of course also named numerous mainstream films, from Hollywood fare like The Silence of the Lambs to indie films like John Cassavetes’ Faces, and obscure works such as the home movies of African-American dancers Fayard and Harold Nicholas.
The list of all 25 films named to the Registry is below in alphabetical order:
- Allures (1961)
- Bambi (1942)
- The Big Heat (1953)
- A Computer Animated Hand (1972)
- Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment (1963)
- The Cry of the Children (1912)
- A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)
- El Mariachi (1992)
- Faces (1968)
- Fake Fruit Factory (1986)
- Forrest Gump (1994)
- Growing Up Female (1971)
- Hester Street (1975)
- I, an Actress (1977)
- The Iron Horse (1924)
- The Kid (1921)
- The Lost Weekend (1945)
- The Negro Soldier (1944)
- Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies (1930s-40s)
- Norma Rae (1979)
- Porgy and Bess (1959)
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
- Stand and Deliver (1988)
- Twentieth Century (1934)
- War of the Worlds (1953)