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'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Forrest Gump' to be archived by US Library

December 29, 2011 - London

The 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Forrest Gump' are two of the latest additions which are to be preserved by the US Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

The Oscar-winning 1991 thriller film, in which Sir Anthony Hopkins made his first appearance as serial killer Hannibal Lecter, was one of the 25 new additions announced.

'Forrest Gump' starring Tom Hanks, classic Disney animation 'Bambi' and Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid' are also part of the latest list.

The movies were chosen from 2,228 films that had been nominated by the public.

Every new addition has been considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, before being given the go ahead for archiving.

The oldest entries are silent films dating from 1912. One documents the pre-World War I child labour reform movement, while the other is a farce starring comic actor John Bunny.

"These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture," the BBC quoted James H Billington, who has been the US Congress librarian since 1987, as saying.

"Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams," he added.


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