Return of Jedi and Selena Added to National Film Registry

Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, the original Lord of the Rings film, and the Selena Quintanilla biography Selena are among the 25 films entered into the film register on Tuesday.

Other notable additions this year include the 1902 Ringling Brothers Parade Film, the 1975 comedy-drama Cooley High, the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Pixar’s WALL-E, which was released in 2008 and is the most recent production to join the list.

The third and final film from the original “Star Wars” trilogy to be preserved by the Library of Congress is “Return of the Jedi,” which debuted in theaters in 1983.

Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez, was released in 1997 and is based on the life and career of the famous Tejano singer. The inclusion of Selena comes nearly a year after Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas nominated the film in a letter.

The register, which accepts 25 new films every year, was established in 1988. Last year’s entrants comprised a record-breaking number of films directed by women and people of color.


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