Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ Added to the National Film Registry

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Say what you will about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and many people including Stephen King who authored the book on which its based have had plenty to say, but it has undoubtedly left its mark on popular culture.

The film about a family caught in the clutches of a wickedly haunted hotel in the dead of winter has been copied, parodied, and deconstructed by scholars to the point that its legendary status hardly seems deniable.

In fact, one might say that it’s a benchmark in genre filmmaking, and this week, the esteemed film added another laurel to its legacy when it was chosen for inclusion in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress.

In order for a film to be considered for the NFR, founded in 1989, it must be at least ten years old, and the National Librarian of Congress ultimately chooses 25 of the year’s nominated films to be added to the registry deeming them “worthy of preservation”.

“American cinema belongs to all of us,” Carla Hayden, current Librarian, told TIME magazine. “In the tens of thousands of films made over the past 130 years, we see ourselves, our diversity, creativity, habits and culture, where we have succeeded or failed, our best and worst. That is a heritage worth saving.”

The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, joins the ranks of other legendary genre films in the NFR. PsychoFrankensteinDracula, and a host of others have preceded its inclusion, and the film is the fourth of Kubrick’s added to the registry after Dr. Strangelove2001: A Space Odyssey, and Paths of Glory.

Other films chosen for inclusion in the National Film Registry this year include Jurassic ParkEve’s BayouRebecca, and Brokeback Mountain.

For more information on the National Registry of Films and to view the full list of films included on the registry, click here to view their official website.

What genre films do you think should be added to their registry? Let us know in the comments below!

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Waylon Jordan is a lifelong fan of genre fiction and film especially those with a supernatural element. He firmly believes that horror reflects collective fears of society and can be used as a tool for social change.