Saturday, January 2, 2010
Michael Jackson's Thriller video was one of 25 films to be included for preservation in the 2009 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress-the world's largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings. It's the first music video named to the registry. The registry was established by the Congress in 1989. There are now total 525 films in the registry. The films were selected not as the "best" American films but instead for their enduring importance to U.S. culture. They have to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant to be selected. The public nominated the film titles, the library selected those that met the criteria by consulting with the National Film Preservation Board.