‘The Shawshank Redemption’ in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress

From the Library of Congress press release:

News from the Library of Congress

Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. These films, which epitomize the diversity and richness of the nation’s cinematic heritage, have been identified as motion pictures that deserve to be preserved because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.

“Selecting a film for the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to cinema and America’s cultural and artistic history,” said Mao. “The registry is an invaluable way to advance public awareness of the richness, creativity and variety of our nation’s film heritage.”

One of the more contemporary films on this year’s list is director Frank Darabont’s 1994 movie based on a Stephen King novella. “I can think of no greater honor than for ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ to be considered part of our country’s cinematic legacy,” said Darabont. “I express my deepest thanks to all those who chose it for inclusion in the National Film Registry. …and most of all to the audiences who embraced our movie and have kept it alive all these years.”

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