|‘Thriller’ make the U.S. film registry|
|Thursday, 31 December 2009 00:00|
Michael Jackson's iconic groundbreaking Thriller video has taken its rightful place among the nation’s most treasured and the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings.
The video, which made its historic debut on MTV in 1983 and was directed by John Landis, was one of the privileged 25 films to be inducted in the 2009 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. With its pioneering dance sequence, which is still practiced widely to date, Thriller changed the face of music video forever.
Continuing in its groundbreaking vein, Thriller is the first music video deemed worthy of the registry. According to reports, Steve Leggett, coordinator of the National Film Preservation Board said it had been considered in past years, but following the death of the King of Pop, the time was right.
Leggett said, "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."
Joining Jackson is a famous celebrity couple, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy with 1979 The Muppet Movie which marked the couple’s first time on the big screen.
The registry, established in 1989, now holds 525 films which are not necessarily selected for being the "best" American films, but for their enduring importance to U.S. culture.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2010 19:44|