Porgy and Bess,” the 1959 musical starring Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr., Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll and Brock Peters, is among the 25 films chosen to be included this year in the National Film Registry.

Directed by Otto Preminger, the film is based on the 1935 opera of the same name by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, which is in turn based on Heyward’s 1925 novel Porgy. 

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