Library of Congress enshrines two films with Latino trailblazers.
Two films have been added to the country's National Film Registry.
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Two new additions to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry bring its total Hispanic film collection to 24, or only 3% of the Library's collection, according to Bloomberg Linea.
The first film selected in 2022 was Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), starring Puerto Rican José Ferrer, who was the first Hispanic actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor. Directed by Michael Gordon, it is based on the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.
The other film selected was The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982), which tells the story of a farmhand who works in the fields around San Antonio and kills a sheriff in self-defense when the sheriff tries to arrest him unjustly.
The film starring Mexican actor Edward James Olmos "has a bigger audience now than when we finished it," said Olmos in an interview with the Library. "That's really the best movie I've ever been a part of in my entire life."
"Both films are a testament to the contributions and history of Latinos in the U.S. and shine brightly alongside other legendary projects, such as the 1997 biopic Selena," reported Hola! magazine.
The Library of Congress's National Registry now features 850 films.