The Silence of the Lambs, War of the Worlds Added to the National Film Registry

The 1953 film War of the Worlds and Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs is the latest genre pic to be added to the National Film Registry. Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry range from Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental motion pictures - reach representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience. Hundreds of titles are considered each year and only a few are selected.

This year, The Silence of the Lambs and War of the Worlds are joined by Bambi, Forest Gump, Faces, El Mariachi, The Big Heat and others. The National Film Registry is already populated by other genre pics like The Exorcist, The Invisible Man, Dracula, Frankenstein, Halloween, Psycho, Cat People, Freaks, Bride of Frankenstein, The Thing from Another World, Alien and Night of the Living Dead.

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