Pop Culture and the Law: The Library
of Congress goes to the movies!
What do “Fargo”, a classic cartoon with Bugs
and Elmer singing opera, a 1920s film clip featuring a singing duck, and “Let’s
All Go to the Lobby!” have to do with law? Well, all of these, and hundreds more
“culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” are part of the
National Film Registry, established by the National Film Preservation Act of
1988 (Public Law 100-446) in recognition of the profound importance of and the
need to preserve the nation’s films . Dozens of films are nominated each year
for the registry, which contains everything from home movies to studio-produced
films, from cartoons to documentaries, from dancing popcorn boxes to....well,
dancing sodas! For the complete list, see https://www.loc.gov/film/ .