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PostSubject: Terminator Added To Film Registry   Tue 30 Dec 2008, 7:38 pm

Terminator Added To Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington on Dec. 30 added 25 more movies to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, including the genre classics The Invisible Man (1933), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and James Cameron's original The Terminator (1984).
This year's selections bring the number of motion pictures in the registry to 500.

The registry recognizes movies that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time.

Of The Invisible Man, the library said director James Whale "brought a dazzling stylishness to what were essentially low-budget horror films and, in the case of The Invisible Man, produced sophisticated special effects, aided by John P. Fulton." The library also praised the casting of Claude Rains in his American film debut to star.

For The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, the library praised the work of special-effects master Ray Harryhausen, who created a giant cyclops, fire-breathing dragons and a sword-wielding animated skeleton, all in glorious Technicolor, as well as the film's score by Bernard Herrmann.

The library said that Cameron's Terminator became one of the sleeper hits of 1984, blending an ingenious, thoughtful script--clearly influenced by the works of sci-fi legend Harlan Ellison--and relentless, non-stop action. The library singled out the movie's "outstanding synthesizer and early techno soundtrack" and star Arnold Schwarzenegger's star-making performance as the mass-killing cyborg with a laconic sense of humor ("I'll be back") and calls the movie one of "the finest science fiction films in many decades."

The full list of this year's additions to the National Film Registry can be found here.

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