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Library of Congress Announces 2019 Additions to National Film Registry

Among the cinematographers whose work will be preserved are 17 ASC members, including Ernest Dickerson, Robert Richardson and Sandi Sissel.

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Among the cinematographers whose work will be preserved are 16 ASC members, including Ernest Dickerson, Robert Richardson and Sandi Sissel.


The Library of Congress has added 25 more movies to its National Film Registry, which brings the number of films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant in this collection to 775. The program began in 1988.


Thousands of titles are nominated by the public every year, with the final selections then made by the National Film Preservation Board.


Of note, cinematographer Jim Denault, ASC has two films on the list: Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Real Women Have Curves (2002).


While most of the 25 films added this year are narrative features, others are historical, documentary or experimental by nature. The entire list follows below. Where possible, the cinematographer and director for each is noted: 


Amadeus (1984)
Dir: Miloš Forman
DoP: Miroslav Ondříček, ASC, ACK


Becky Sharp (1935)
Dir: Rouben Mamoulian
DoP: Ray Rennahan, ASC 


Before Stonewall (1984)
Dir: Greta Schiller
DoPs: Jan Kraepelin, Sandi Sissel, ASC; Cathy Zheutlin


Body And Soul (1925)
Dir: Oscar Micheaux


Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Dir: Kimberly Peirce
DoP: Jim Denault, ASC


Clerks (1994)
Dir: Kevin Smith
DoP: David Klein, ASC


Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Dir: Michael Apted
DoP: Ralf D. Bode, ASC


Emigrants Landing At Ellis Island (1903)
Dir & DoP: Alfred C. Abadie


Employees Entrance (1933)
Dir: Roy Del Ruth
DoP: Barney McGill, ASC


Fog Of War (2003)
Dir: Errol Morris
DoPs: Robert Chappell, Peter Donahue 


Gaslight (1944)
Dir: George Cukor
DoP: Joseph Ruttenberg, ASC


George Washington Carver At Tuskegee Institute (1937)
Dir & DoP: Dr. C. Allen Alexander


Girlfriends (1978)
Dir: Claudia Weill
DoP: Fred Murphy, ASC


I Am Somebody (1970)
Dir: Madeline Anderson
DoPs: Don Hunstein, Roland Mitchell


The Last Waltz (1978)
Dir: Martin Scorsese
DoP: Michael Chapman, ASC


My Name Is Oona (1969)
Dir & DoP: Gunvor Grundel Nelson 


A New Leaf (1971)
Dir: Elaine May
DoP: Gayne Rescher, ASC 


Old Yeller (1957)
Dir: Robert Stevenson
DoP: Charles P. Boyle, ASC


The Phenix City Story (1955)
Dir: Phil Karlson
DoP: Harry C. Neumann, ASC


Platoon (1986)
Dir: Oliver Stone
DoP: Robert Richardson, ASC


Purple Rain (1984)
Dir: Albert Magnoli
DoP: Donald E. Thorin, ASC


Real Women Have Curves (2002)
Dir: Patricia Cardoso
DoP: Jim Denault, ASC


She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Dir: Spike Lee
DoP: Ernest Dickerson, ASC 


Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Dir: Clyde Geronimi


Zoot Suit (1981)
Dir: Luis Valdez
DoP: David Myers





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