Ashman and Wilde among gay artists honored in the 2002 National Film Registry

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com December 19 2002 12:00 AM ET

The Library of Congress has selected another 25 films to be entered into the National Film Registry, and the new additions include a silent version of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, bisexual filmmaker Vincente Minnelli's acclaimed The Bad and the Beautiful, and the Oscar-nominated animated feature Beauty and the Beast, featuring lyrics by the late Howard Ashman. The Library of Congress works to ensure that films included in the registry are preserved for all times.

The 25 films selected this year are Alien (1979), All My Babies (1953), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Black Stallion (1979), Boyz N the Hood (1991), Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925), The Endless Summer (1966), From Here to Eternity (1953), From Stump to Ship (1930), Fuji (1974), In the Heat of the Night (1967), Lady Windermere's Fan (1925), Melody Ranch (1938) The Pearl (1948), Punch Drunks (1934), Sabrina (1954), Star Theatre (1901), Stranger Than Paradise (1984), This Is Cinerama (1952), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Through Navajo Eyes (series) (1966), Why Man Creates (1968), Wild and Wooly (1917), and Wild River (1960).