‘For­rest Gump’ im­mor­talised as a US trea­sure

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WASHINGTON: For­rest Gump’s oft-im­i­tated line, “My momma al­ways said: ‘Life was like a box of choco­lates. You never know what you’re gonna get’ “, will be im­mor­talised among the na­tion’s trea­sures in the world’s largest ar­chive of film, TV and sound record­ings.

The Li­brary of Congress an­nounced this week that 1994’s For­rest Gump, star­ring Tom Hanks, was one of 25 films cho­sen to be in­cluded in the National Film Registry this year.

Each year the Li­brar­ian of Congress names 25 films that are “cul­tur­ally, his­tor­i­cally or aes­thet­i­cally” sig­nif­i­cant. This year, 2 228 films were nom­i­nated.

“These films are se­lected be­cause of their en­dur­ing sig­nif­i­cance to Amer­i­can cul­ture,” Li­brar­ian of Congress James H Billing­ton said. “Our film her­itage must be pro­tected be­cause these cin­e­matic trea­sures doc­u­ment our his­tory and cul­ture and re­flect our hopes and dreams.”

Among the films that have been cho­sent are the an­i­mated Dis­ney clas­sic, Bambi, made in 1942, The Big Heat from 1953 and 1991’s dis­turb­ing The Si­lence of the Lambs. The War of the Worlds from 1953 will also be pre­served along with Porgy and Bess, Stand and De­liver and the epic Western The Iron Horse. – Sapa-ap

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