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Paris Is Burning selected for preservation in the National Film Registry

Paris Is Burning selected for preservation in the National Film Registry

Paris Is Burning selected for preservation by National Film Registry

Paris Is Burning is one of the 25 movies selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The Library of Congress announced the 1990 drag ballroom documentary was ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically significant’ to ensure the move lasts forever for future generations to enjoy.

The film told through the eyes of New Yrok City’s black and Latinx LGBTI community massively influenced RuPaul’s Drag Race, the future ballroom scene as well as drag and gay vernacular. It is where slang like ‘shade’, ‘realness’ and even ‘purse first’ originates.

Alongside the legendary film, the Library of Congress also named The Lion King and The Princess Bride in the preservation list.

Under the National Film Preservation Act, movies are only eligible to be preserved under the registry if they are at least a decade old and recognized in the National Film Preservation Board’s view as ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

The full list of films are:

The Atomic Cafe (1982)

Ball of Fire (1941)

The Beau Brummels (1928)

The Birds (1963)

Blackboard Jungle (1955)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

East of Eden (1955)

Funny Girl (1968)

Life of an American Fireman (1903)

The Lion King (1994)

Lost Horizon (1937)

Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

Paris Is Burning (1990)

Point Blank (1967)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Putney Swope (1969)

Rushmore (1998)

Solomon Sir Jones films (1924-28)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Suzanne, Suzanne (1982)

Thelma & Louise (1991)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

A Walk in the Sun (1945)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)