Thursday, December 31, 2009

Michael Jackson's Thriller Video Added to National Film Registry

The video for Michael Jackson's Thriller was a groundbreaking masterpiece when it was released on December 2, 1983. The music video industry was still in its infancy and then along came Jackson and director John Landis to take it to a whole new level. This was not the three minute promotional video that played all day long on MTV, but a 14-minute short film with full storyline and closing credits. The choreography by Jackson and Michael Peters greatly improved on their already groundbreaking work on the Beat It video and the film even had additional, orchestrated music by Elmer Bernstein. To this day, it is still regarded as the highpoint of music videos.

The Thriller video has been selected to go into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress' National Film Preservation Board. The selected films are deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and are to be "preserved for all time." Over the course of the year, hundreds of films are nominated by the general public and members of the National Film Preservation Board and the Library of Congress' film staff narrow the list down to 25 inductees.

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