Late last year, the Library of Congress, as it does annually, added 25 films to the National Film Registry
"to be preserved for all time." This year's selections brought the registry's number to 500
. Two of this year's films have Arkansas connections.
Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) was filmed in Piggott. At least for the time being, you can stream it in its entirety on YouTube
. Based on "Your Arkansas Traveler," a Budd Schlulberg short story about Arkansas musician who becomes famous overnight, the film marked the screen debut of Andy Griffith and featured Walter Matthau in one of his first major roles. According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas
, it's "significant for its prophetic theme of the cult of celebrity, the power of television, and the merging of entertainment and politics."
"Hallelujah" (1929) was King Vidor's first talking picture and one of the first films to feature an all African American cast. It was shot partly in the Arkansas Delta.