Koyaanisqatsi Added to the National Film Registry
December 31, 2000
joined an elite list of classic American films when it was added
to the National Film Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress
chooses 25 "culturally, historically, and aesthetically" significant
films to be preserved in its archive system. Fully 50% of all films
produced before 1950 have been lost forever due to deterioration
of the film stock. The Library of Congress has identified the inducted
films as worthy of preservation due to their cultural significance.
James Billington, Librarian of Congress said, "Our film heritage
is America's living past. It celebrates the creativity and inventiveness
of diverse communities and our nation as a whole. By preserving
American films, we safeguard our history and build toward the future."
honored to be included this year with the likes of "Apocalypse Now",
"Dracula", and "Goodfellas" on this prestigious list," said Lawrence
Taub, one of the producers of KOYAANISQATSI and POWAQQATSI. "This
news comes as we are beginning the production of NAQOYQATSI, the
third in the trilogy of films started by Godfrey Reggio in 1975.
This wonderful recognition helps and inspires us as we move forward
with the third part of our QATSI Project."
more information and to see the complete list of films in the Registry,
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