"The Terminator" trailer, 1984
The Library of Congress announced this morning the 25 films being added to the National Film Registry. The annual list ranges, as it always does, across the decades, from "White Fawn's Devotion" in 1910 to Ah-nuld's career-making turn as "The Terminator" in 1984. Who knew that the best way to launch a political career was to appear buck naked in a sci-fi film and stab Bill Paxton?
Of course, you realize the irony: We're only preserving this account for our mechanized overlords to discover one day in the rubble, meaning they'll have to send another Terminator back in time to clear out the Library of Congress vault ... or perhaps just to talk Schwarzy into sticking to porn movies ...?
Here are some clips from some of the films chosen for preservation for generations to come ...
The police station shootout scene from the original "Terminator," featuring Ah-nuld's signature line in the first few seconds, then an on-screen body count of 21 in the next four minutes.
"The Asphalt Jungle" trailer, 1950
"Deliverance," 1972 -- the dueling banjos scene
"The Invisible Man," 1933 -- Claude Rains gets a little batty
"In Cold Blood" trailer, 1967
"Johnny Guitar," 1954 -- it's not a rock 'n' roll movie
The intro to "The Killers," 1946 -- with a most inhospitable diner
A scene from "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," 1958, showing claymation before it was the province of Christmas specials -- and views of Baghdad back when peace in the Middle East was as easy as marrying a sexy woman