It seemed like everybody lined up to honor Michael Jackson after his death this summer, and yesterday the Library of Congress bestowed its own posthumous accolade on the late singer: “Thriller” will be the first music video added to the National Film Registry.
“Thriller” showed that music videos could be entertaining films in their own right — more than just a commercial for an album. The 14-minute film was directed by “Blues Brothers” auteur John Landis, featured narration by the awesomely creepy Vincent Price, and inspired prison dance troupes all over the world.
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to preserve that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. Other films slated for preservation include “The Muppet Movie,” the Al Pacino heist movie “Dog Day Afternoon,” and Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti western “Once Upon A Time In The West.”
For your New Year’s Eve enjoyment, here’s Thriller, and clips from a few other National Film Registry pictures are after the jump:
“Rainbow Connection,” from “The Muppet Movie”:
Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson square off for the final gunfight in “Once Upon A Time In The West”: