Admit it, you’ve seen it. You’ve probably even said the words, “I’ll be back,” in a fake Schwarzenegger accent at some point or another. If so, you might be pleased (or not) to find out that the National Film Registry has chosen “The Terminator” as one of 25 American films to preserve for eternity in 2008.
Each year the Librarian of Congress chooses 25 films to add to the National Film Registry, which preserves them forever under the National Film Preservation Act. The films are not chosen based on quality, but instead are determined to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant to American culture.
Titles are nominated by the public and the final selections are made by the Librarian, with the input of the National Film Preservation Board and the LOC’s motion picture staff. This year’s additions bring the total of preserved titles to 500 films. Other films chosen this year include “The Asphalt Jungle,” “Deliverance,” “Sergeant York,” “Hallelujah,” and “In Cold Blood.”
For more information on each film, check out this press release from the Library of Congress.