‘Forrest Gump’ immortalised as a US treasure
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