MUMBAI:For the first time ever a music video
has been added to the US national film archive.
Michael Jackson's Thriller, the 1983 zombie
classic is among 25 films that will be preserved
for their cultural importance.
1979 made Muppet Movie and Bette Davis's
black and white classic Jezebel are the
other new entrants to the library.
The archive, established 20 years ago, ensures
important films are preserved for future
generations'. Oscar-winning films that made
the cut include Jezebel, which won Davis
her second Academy Award.
Miniver made in 1942 won the Academy Award
for best picture among its haul of six trophies.
Science fiction classic The Incredible Shrinking
Man has been added to the archive, while
the oldest film is Little Nemo from 1911.
National Film Preservation Board's (NFPB)
co-ordinator Steve Legett, "The time
was right for Thriller's inclusion after
Jackson's death earlier this year. Because
of the way the recording industry is evolving
and changing, we thought it would be good
to go back to the development of an earlier
seismic shift, the development of the music
The landmark video, directed by John Landis
features Jackson as a werewolf and zombie,
helped the star to promote Thriller around
final 25 films are picked every year from
hundreds of public nominations and consultation
with the NFPB.