"[This book] is an addendum to Eagan’s ambitious volume chronicling every title voted onto the National Film Registry since its inception in 1989. This slender paperback covers the fifty newest films to join their ranks during the past two years, and like the overall roster, they truly run the gamut in terms of age, genre, and popularity. Eagan’s clear-eyed essays place each film into proper context within the larger picture of American cinema that the Registry seeks to represent, whether dealing with the 1906 actuality short A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire, Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow, or Sally Cruikshank’s nutty animated cartoon Quasi at the Quackadero."
"Rigorous, informative, and very entertaining...invaluable not only for being a compendium of these preserved movies but also for Eagan’s writing, which is extensively researched and smartly critical."
--Current, the blog of the Criterion Collection
About the Author
Daniel Eagan has worked for Warner Bros., MGM, and other studios as a researcher and story analyst. He edited HBO's Guide to Movies on Videocassette and Cable TV
(HarperCollins) and MGM: When the Lion Roars
(Turner Publishing), to which he also contributed articles. He currently writes for Smithsonian
and Film Journal
, and lives in New York City.