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“Airplane!” Added to Nat’l Film Registry

By on 12.28.10 | 10:28AM

Today, Airplane! was one of 25 films selected by the National Film Registry to be preserved in the Library of Congress.

Surely they can't be serious. Well, they are serious and don't call them Shirley.

Well, perhaps it was their way of paying tribute to Leslie Nielsen.

I actually watched Airplane! on AMC yesterday. The perfect movie for a snow day in Boston.

The Pink Panther, The Exorcist, All The President's Men, Saturday Night Fever, The Empire Strikes Back and Malcolm X were amongst the other films selected by the National Film Registry.

Personally, I would like to have seen The Blues Brothers added to the list. Besides having arguably the best car chase sequence ever captured on film (outside of Bullitt and The French Connection) how many films can boast the presence of John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin? Almost all of them are gone and with Franklin's recent surgery for pancreatic cancer who can tell if she has sung her last song? Still, rumors of the demise of The Queen of Soul have been greatly exxagerated. Yet all the more reason for the National Film Registry to consider honoring Jake and Elwood Blues and their musical inspirations at this time next year.

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