‘The Empire Strikes Back’ preserved by US government

'Star Wars' sequel is one of 25 films to join National Film Registry

Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back is to be preserved by the US Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

The second Star Wars film is included in a list which also features director George Lucas‘s 1967 student film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB.

Every year, 25 films are added to the registry, which began archiving in 1989.

Other movies inducted this year include Robert Altman‘s 1971 western McCabe And Mrs. Miller, Elia Kazan‘s first feature film, 1945’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and The Exorcist, released in December 1973, reports BBC News.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said: “The National Film Registry is a reminder to the nation that the preservation of our cinematic creativity must be a priority because about half of the films produced before 1950 and as much as 90% of those made before 1920 have been lost to future generations.”

The National Film Preservation Act says the selected works are not the “best” American movies, but are seen as offering enduring significance to US culture.

The movies are suggested by both the National Film Preservation Board and the public before 2,100 nominees are whittled down to the final twenty-five.