More from Film Registry

(Above: ‘Wanda.’ Source: YouTube screenshot)

Today, we continue The Savvy Screener’s sampling of the latest inductees into the National Film Registry, honored for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant (see yesterday’s article for all the 2017 honorees and more videos).

First up is Winsor McCay’s largely animated 1918 propaganda short The Sinking of the Lusitania:

Next we present Christopher Reeve’s debut as the Man of Steel in 1978’s Superman, directed by Richard Donner:

Our third inductee today is Thelonius Monk: Straight No Chaser (1988), Charlotte Zwerin’s documentary about the jazz pianist-composer:

Finally, we come to Wanda, a 1970 indie written by, directed by and starring Barbara Loden as a lonely, isolated woman in Pennsylvania’s coal mining region:

But wait, there’s more!

Over 60 films named to the National Film Registry over the years have just been made available to stream free directly from the Registry’s website. You can also find 35 of them on YouTube.  Films, all of which are in the public domain, include the following highlights as listed by the Registry:

  • Memphis Belle (1944), William Wyler’s World War II documentary about the crew of a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber
  • The Hitch-Hiker (1953), a film noir directed by actress Ida Lupino
  • Trance and Dance in Bali (1936-1939), an ethnographic documentary from Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson
  • Modesta (1956), a Spanish-language film produced by Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education
  • Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936), a two-reel Technicolor cartoon
  • Master Hands (1936), a “mechanical ballet” shot on a General Motors automotive assembly line
  • The House I Live In (1945), an Oscar-winning plea for religious tolerance starring Frank Sinatra
  • Duck and Cover (1951), with Bert the Turtle explaining to schoolchildren how best to survive a nuclear attack.

Here are The House I Live In and The Hitch-Hiker:

 

 

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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