Andy Griffith Film and Deliverance Honored by Library of Congress

A Face in the Crowd and Deliverance are among the 25 titles added this week to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Films are named to the registry annually based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance. Released in 1957, A Face in the Crowd starred Andy Griffith as an ego-driven drunk, drifter and country singer becomes a national celebrity as host of a live TV show during the ’50s. Written by Budd Schulberg and directed by Elia Kazan, the film also featured country comic Rod Brasfield in a supporting role. Deliverance, released in 1972, was written by James Dickey, directed by John Boorman and starred Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronnie Cox and Jon Voight as four friends whose weekend canoeing trip turned into a violent fight for survival. The film soundtrack included “Dueling Banjos,” a bluegrass instrumental recorded by banjo player Eric Weissberg and guitarist Steve Mandell. Composed in the ’50s as “Feudin’ Banjos” by Arthur Smith, the song spent four weeks at No. 2 on the U.S. pop chart in 1973. Other films added to the registry this year include The Terminator and In Cold Blood.