Dec 30 2009

‘Thriller’ First Music Video Named to the U.S. National Film Registry

Category: Photos,VideosSeven @ 12:43 pm

Thriller 25th Anniversary

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller,’ Muppets’ movie debut among picks for National Film Registry

By Brett Zongker (CP)

WASHINGTON — Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, with that unforgettable graveyard dance, will rest among the treasures in the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings.

The 1983 music video directed by John Landis, though still the subject of lawsuits over profits, was one of 25 films to be inducted Wednesday for preservation in the 2009 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

It’s the first music video named to the registry. It had been considered in past years, but following Jackson’s death, the time was right, said Steve Leggett, co-ordinator of the National Film Preservation Board.

“Because of the way the recording industry is evolving and changing, we thought it would be good to go back to the development of an earlier seismic shift, which was the development of the music video,” he said.

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The library works with film archives and movie studios to ensure original copies are kept safe. It also acquires a copy for preservation in its own vaults among millions of other recordings at the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in the hills near Culpeper, Va.

“By preserving the nation’s films, we safeguard a significant element of our cultural patrimony and history,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

Congress established the registry in 1989, which now totals 525 films. They are selected not as the “best” American films but instead for their enduring importance to U.S. culture.

The library selects films that are “culturally, historically or esthetically” significant after reviewing hundreds of titles nominated by the public and consulting with the National Film Preservation Board.


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{ NOTESI find it interesting that this video was “considered in past years” but somehow wasn’t considered “good enough” to be included until he was gone. Whether the National Film Preservation Board considers “Thriller” among the “best” American films or not, the WORLD does consider it one of the best, obviously.  I wonder if they are aware that Thriller was the biggest selling album of ALL TIMEIn my opinion, this is only further testimony to how utterly reluctant certain people and entities were and are to give Michael Jackson his due credit for truly having CHANGED THE WORLD with his music, particularly when he was ALIVE to receive it.  -Seven }

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  1. MJJ-777 » ‘I don’t understand why they want to tear me apart.’ says:

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