Prince’s Purple Rain film is one of the 25 films added to the National Film Registry this year.
Each year, the Library of Congress adds 25 films to the registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. Films in the National Film Registry are guaranteed preservation under the National Film Preservation Act.
The addition of 1984's Purple Rain comes seven years after the film’s soundtrack was added to the National Recording Registry.
“I am deeply honored that ‘Purple Rain’ has been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2019,” said the film’s director Albert Magnoli. "We simply worked hard every day to get it right, and this honor is a testament to the music, story and characters that were created by all of us so many years ago.”
The Library of Congress also added Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, Kevin Smith’s Clerks, and Martin Scorcese’s classic concert film for the Band, The Last Waltz.
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Article image: Prince playing "Purple Rain" in 1983. (Joel Bremer [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)